Published one year on from her death, at the age of ninety-four, Jan Morris’ Allegorizings is the final despatch from one of the greatest chroniclers of the Twentieth Century.
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‘Almost nothing in life is only what it seems…’
Soldier, journalist, historian, author of forty books, Jan Morris led an extraordinary life, witnessing such seminal moments as the first ascent of Everest, the Suez Canal Crisis, the Eichmann Trial, The Cuban Revolution and so much more. Now, in Allegorizings, published posthumously as was her wish, Morris looks back over some of the key moments of her life, and sees a multitude of meanings.
From her final travels to the USA and across Europe to late journeys on her beloved trains and ships, from the deaths of her old friends Hilary and Tenzig to the enduring relationships in her own life, from reflections on identity and nations to the importance of good marmalade, it bears testimony to her uniquely kind and inquisitive take on the world.
Full of mischief, romance, fun and kindness ... Was there ever a more joyful cascade of short essays than this posthumous gift from Jan Morris, the historian and travel writer who died last year aged 94?
A precious few [writers] report with wisdom, kindness and intelligence from the end to which we shall all come — travel of a different kind. This is such a book.
Infectious joie de vivre, delivered from beyond the grave ... The peerless travel writer Jan Morris’s posthumous final book is a rallying cry in favour of "callowness and fizz".
She was one of the most extraordinary, inspiring, kindest people I ever had the luck to meet. Please read her.
For all her profundity it's Morris's joyousness that remains most tangible, and a subversiveness of spirit.
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