A remarkable collection of letters reveals the great love story of author of The Chamomile Lawn Mary Wesley's life.
Mary Wesley (Author) Mary Wesley was born near Windsor in 1912. Her education took her to the London School of Economics and during the War she worked in the War Office. She also worked part-time in the antiques trade. Mary Wesley lived in London, France, Italy, Germany and several places in the West Country. She used to comment that her 'chief claim to fame is arrested development, getting my first novel published at the age of seventy'. That first novel, Jumping the Queue, was followed by a subsequent nine bestsellers- The Camomile Lawn, Second Fiddle, Harnessing Peacocks, The Vacillations of Poppy Carew, Not That Sort of Girl, A Sensible Life, A Dubious Legacy, An Imaginative Experience and Part of the Furniture. Mary Wesley was awarded the CBE in the 1995 New Year's honour list and died in 2002. Patrick Marnham (Edited by) Patrick Marnham was born in Jerusalem, educated at Oxford and is a member of the English Bar. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Wild Mary, has been translated into seven languages and has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Prize, the Marsh Biography Award, and been nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award. He has been literary editor of The Spectator, was the first Paris correspondent of the Independent, and has worked as a BBC scriptwriter and broadcaster and as a special correspondent and war reporter.
Passionate, erotic, honest, funny and also supremely sad...
superbly edited by Wesley's biographer Patrick Marnham -- Nicholas
Shakespeare * Spectator *
a lovely, entertaining and moving book -- Sara Wheeler * Literary Review *
It seems extraordinary that Mary Wesley had to wait until she was in her seventies to become an acclaimed author. These letters, written to her lover Eric Siepmann, and edited by her biographer Patrick Marnham, show that she was already a brilliant writer in her thirties -- Lynn Barber * Sunday Times *
Highly readable -- Ysenda Maxtone Graham * Daily Mail *
Her letters are cheerful, resilient and funny, full of sharply observed vignettes of her life in Devon. -- Jane Shilling * The Oldie *