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Dear Lupin: Letters to a Wayward Son [Kindle Edition]

Roger Mortimer , Charlie Mortimer
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Book Description

"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.

Editorial Reviews


As well as being the funniest book I've read in ages, it's also extremely touching. A delight then, on every front. The Spectator By turns exasperated, affectionate, touching and wry, the letters brim with a father's love for his son. An absolute delight. Daily Mail ...this book makes you cry as well as laugh. -- Charles Moore Daily Telegraph These hilarious missives from an eccentric father to an errant son have all the playful oddity of the Dear Bill letters. Sunday Times Very, very funny. Sunday Times A collection of brilliantly written letters from a world-weary father to his feckless son. They could offer a money back guarantee if you don't laugh - the publishers' money would be safe. -- Jeremy Paxman Guardian Books of the Year In an era when letter writing is a vanishing art form, this idiosyncratic collection from a father to his errant son is a delight. Telegraph Herein is comedy gold... a delight, a labour of fatherly love in which a deep if slightly exasperated affection is always legible between the lines. Racing Post Affectionate... a poignant biography. Oldie Entirely delightful: funny, wise and full of insights into the relationship between fathers and sons. The Lady Witty and affectionate. Letter writing might be a dying art, but this book proves what a glorious art it is. Tatler Wry trenchant, often extremely funny, but also charmingly forbearing and forgiving. Country Life An examination of the father/son relationship and a snapshot of 1960s and 1970s society in all its contemporaneous freshness... never loses its ability to make the reader laugh. Country Life 'these often exasperated but hilarious letters should be required reading by all young things who think they know better. Charlie says this book is a tribute to his father and what a fine tribute it is. Roger's optimism in the most unpromising of circumstances will stay with you long after his last delightful letter is read.' Sunday Express Poignant, waspish and gossipy, it is also very, very funny. Mail Online

About the Author

Charlie Mortimer was born in 1952 and educated at Wellesley House, Broadstairs and (reluctantly) Eton. He has been, among other things, an officer in the Coldstream Guards, a vintage car restorer, an estate agent, a roughneck on an oil rig, a pop group manager, a mechanic in Africa, a manufacturer of boxer shorts and an antiques dealer. He currently describes himself as a 'middle aged, middle class spiv (mostly retired)'

Product Details

  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQY7S62
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely Dad March 21, 2013
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Absolutely marvellous. A cross between PG Wodehouse and the obituaries of colourful military men. The novel is epistolary - letters from Roger Mortimer to his son Charles. Charles is a reprobate , but the affection his father has for him, his tolerance, his irony, his humour and his love are palpable. It is just so funny, and Roger is a lovely man.
it also gives us an inkling of upper middle class society in the 50's.
I am going to recommend it to all my friends. i loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An exasperated father January 27, 2013
Roger Mortimer's letters to his son, Charlie, written over a period of twenty five years, are full of gems such as "In those happy days we had a chauffeur called Percy Samuel Woods who committed suicide by lying face downwards in a large puddle. Talk about doing things the hard way!" or "Unfortunately I am rapidly becoming senile and my general health is deteriorating rather fast. Old age is full of surprises, most of them unpleasant, and is rather like being punished for a crime one has never committed".

Always supportive, even when disapproving of his wild child, Roger Mortimer's intelligence, literacy and profound love for his son shine out from this delightful collection of letters.

This would make a wonderful present for anyone with an interest in family relationships, a sense of humour or a soft spot for the Pooter family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cracked heads March 6, 2013
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lordy lord, would that americans would be infected by the plague of common sense, wit, flippancy and directness of the most lovely and mad of isles, England. This book proves, rather conclusively, that the world would be more pleasant if the baby boomers had listened to and obeyed their parents. huzzah for the WW2 generation with its silence, smoking, drinking and general carrying on. no hugs just get on with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable September 4, 2013
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Enjoyable and recommended. A reflection on an English characters relationship to the world and too his son. Very entertaining. Try it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Entertaining July 8, 2013
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I read the majority of this book on flights back and forth across the Atlantic, and it proved to be perfect entertainment. I tried to watch the in-flight movies, but this Dear Lupin was much more satisfactory as a source of enjoyable amusement. I was still able to listen to the jazz channel in the background.

As the description says, this is a book of letters from a father to his son. The father despairs for the destiny, or lack of it, of his wayward son. It is unlikely that any of his advice will ever sink in. Nevertheless, he perseveres, and gives it anyway. The interspersion of comments from the recipient make it even clearer that the paternal advice will never have a positive effect.

Lupin believes that his family are middle class, but they are definitely towards the upper end of middle class, straying into upper class. The circles in which they mix are certainly in the upper echelons of English society.

What made this book even more interesting for me was that I have lived, on and off, in the area of most of the events for the past 35 years, so I know all of the places very well.

Without spoiling the read for you, I conclude this review with some amusing tidbits that I highlighted on my way through. I hope that they tempt you into reading the whole book.

(A comment from the son which is tacked to a letter that he received when he was in hospital)
- My mother (sometimes known as the Bureau of Misinformation) is desperately worried and following my liver biopsy calls a distant cousin who is a doctor for advice: `I'm most frightfully worried about my son Charles, they've just done an autopsy on him.'

- For some reason or other I got on the wrong train at Waterloo but luckily I quite like Bournemouth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of laughs May 17, 2013
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Very funny book. Would be appreciated by older men with sons. Great commentary on the joys of getting older too.
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The book was recommended by a friend who enjoyed the read enormously. I could relate well to the content, especially to the wayward son as I have known many similar young men. The upside is the communication between father and son with its fatherly advice aligned to a familiarity with the son's behaviour. As with Dear Lumpy, I was confused by the number of people referred to in the book and the need to keep looking back to see the connection. I am not sure that I would have chosen it as a holiday read without the recommendation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but lost its way March 18, 2014
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Mortimer's letter collection from his father was entertaining, but ultimately too one-sided and repetitive to tell a story of a father and son.
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