In My Mind’s Eye

Jan Morris

A treat for fans of Alan Bennett’s diaries and the works of Bill Bryson and Diana Athill.

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‘Morris is one of Britain’s greatest living writers.’ The Times

‘Fascinating … valuable and rare. This book is a writer’s constitutional.’ Kate Kellaway, Observer

‘I have never before in my life kept a diary of my thoughts, and here at the start of my ninth decade, having for the moment nothing much else to write, I am having a go at it. Good luck to me…’

So begins this extraordinary book, a collection of diary pieces that Jan Morris wrote for the Financial Times over the course of 2017.

A former soldier and journalist, and one of the great chroniclers of the world for over half a century, she writes here in her characteristically intimate voice – funny, perceptive, wise, touching, wicked, scabrous, and above all, kind – about her thoughts on the world, and her own place in it as she turns ninety. From cats to cars, travel to home, music to writing, it’s a cornucopia of delights from a unique literary figure.

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Morris is one of Britain's greatest living writers.

Robbie Millen, The Times
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In My Mind’s Eye is a lovely book, halfway between a diary and a volume of brief essays, a book that has a gentle, haunting tone. It will remind us of what a good, wise and witty companion Jan Morris has been for so many readers for so long.

Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times
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A thing of wonder: a diary of daily musings with zero pretension. It is light yet profound, ecstatic yet melancholy, ethereal yet droll.

Hermione Eyre, Evening Standard
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How does one write well? How do you become A Writer?...I have a new answer to that question. Read this book.

Horatio Clare, Caught by the River
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Captivating ... it kept this reader nodding and chuckling along to the last page. After closing the book I felt bereft of Morris' company and her chummy, conversational style.

Susan Flockhart, Sunday Herald
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A splendidly quirky confection which mixes the trivial with the serious, like life.

Sara Wheeler, Literary Review

Jan Morris was born in 1926 of a Welsh father and an English mother. She spent the last years of her life with her partner Elizabeth Morris in the top left-hand corner of Wales, between the mountains and the sea. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, the Pax Britannica trilogy and Conundrum. She was also the author of six books…

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