Dear Lupin-- by Roger Mortimer
Letters to a Wayward Son

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Epistolary commentary from a father to his son. Entertaining letters that reflect genuine concern and love despite the rarely taken advice.
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"Among the funniest [letters] ever dispatched in the vain hope of steering a black sheep onto something like the straight and narrow." —The Wall Street Journal

Nostalgic, witty, and original, Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer tracks the entire correspondence between a father and his only son. When the book begins, Charlie, the son, is studying at Eton, although the studying itself is not a priority, much to his father's chagrin. After Charlie graduates and moves from South America to Africa and eventually back to London, Roger continues to write regularly, offering advice (which is rarely heeded) as well as humorous updates from home ("Your mother has had the flu. Her little plan to give up spirits for Lent lasted three and a half days"). Roger's letters range from reproachful ("You may think it mildly amusing to be caught poaching in the park; I would consider it more hilarious if you were not living on the knife edge") to resigned ("I am very fond of you, but you do drive me round the bend"), but his correspondence is always filled with warmth, humor, and wisdom that offers unique insight into the relationship between father and son.

 

About Roger Mortimer

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ROGER MORTIMER was commissioned into the British Army in 1930. He fought in Dunkirk in 1940 and was taken as a POW for the remainder of the war. After resigning from the army in 1947, he became a racing correspondent for The Sunday Times, where he worked for thirty years. He and his wife, Cynthia, had two daughters, Jane and Louise, and one son, CHARLIE MORTIMER, who is the co-writer for this book.
 
Published October 1, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Humor & Entertainment, Self Help, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 30 2013

Epistolary commentary from a father to his son. Entertaining letters that reflect genuine concern and love despite the rarely taken advice.

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Reviewed by Sam Leith on May 11 2012

...these letters...say something a little poignant about how upper-class (they insist "middle-class", but they're not middle-class as most of us would recognise it) men of that generation communicate, or fail to.

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