25 Dec 2008 – from Matthew

The letters of the Duchess of Devonshire (a Mitford sister) and Patrick Leigh Fermor (one of my favourite travel writers) who have been friends for decades and are still writing to each other.  Of necessity there is sadness in the later years, as people die, but the letters are so joyful and loving and it celebrates a wonderful friendship.  Peppered with people I know from other reading and beautifully edited, with footnotes at just the right pitch and lovely interpolations from Debo and Paddy themselves.  I’m really looking forward to the Mitford Sisters letters now, as they are edited by Charlotte Moseley too.  Oh – and they read and enjoy the bookshop letters that Ali has just read and ringed!

Wonderful stuff and a real treat – I do like to have lovely big treaty hardback books for Christmas and this really fulfilled that need!