Reviews

  • "Witty, touching, perceptive and beautifully written... Read at a sitting or keep by your bed -- either way you will be enchanted"

    Jonathan Dimbleby, Mail on Sunday
  • "Cooper's letters have special immediacy and frankness... a lot of gossip, for sure, but also some sublime descriptive writing... And then there is her beadiness, which is worth its weight in silver breakfast trays... Truly blissful"

    Rachel Cooke, Observer (New Review)
  • "She treats her son, last seen in a dimly lit station, as a much missed grown-up to whom she can be exhilaratingly open. She sends him intimate glimpses of the great... the good... and the not-so good. Inescapably posh but rarely judgemental... she is rescued from glibness by her childlike curiosity and humour, and the always innocent eye with which she peeks at the world"

    Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph
  • "This book is a rich fruitcake, stuffed with delicious and surprising plums"

    Jane Ridley, Literary Review
  • "Though always exigent of love, the letters are filled with jokes, sharp observation and relish for the passing moment. This selection of them offers a sparkling portrait of a maternal relationship"

    Jane Shilling, Evening Standard
  • "Diana Cooper is as vivid in literature and social legend as she was in life. Her letters are frank, witty and humorous"

    The Times