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‘They met by chance in the Palm Court of the Ritz Hotel on the evening of 26 October 1944. By the time she eventually caught the train back to Penzance two days later they had fallen in love and Eric had declared that he was determined to marry her…’
Mary Wesley told her biographer Patrick Marnham before her death in 2002 that 'after I met Eric I never looked at anyone else again. We lived our ups and downs but life was never boring'. Eric Siepmann was her second husband and their correspondence -- lively, intimate, passionate, frustrated -- charted their life together (and apart) with unusual candour and spirit.
Marnham suggests that through these letters Mary, who famously blossomed as a novelist in her seventies, a decade after Eric's death, found her voice. Bequeathed to Marnham in two size 5 shoe boxes, this is one of the great surviving post-war correspondences.
"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 *
ISBN: 9781784704476 ISBN-10: 1784704474 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 336 Published: 29th October 2018 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.28