Letters to a Wayward Son
Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250038517, 208pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
"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.
Charlie Mortimer was educated (reluctantly) at Eton. Now describing himself as a middle-aged, middle-class spiv (mostly retired) . He was an officer in the Coldstream Guards, a vintage car restorer, oil-rig roughneck and pop-group manager, as well as a car mechanic in Africa, manufacturer of boxer shorts and an antiques dealer. He lives in West London.
"As well as being the funniest book I've read in ages, it's also extremely touching. A delight." —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
"Makes you cry as well as laugh." —Daily Telegraph
"Very, very funny." —Sunday Times
"This idiosyncratic collection from a father to his errant son is a delight." —Telegraph
"Witty and affectionate." —Tatler