Dear Tom

Dear Tom Letters from Home

Paperback (01 Oct 2001) | English

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Synopsis

'I suppose my luck is You, Ann and Dad and more so if I could really write.' Annie Eliza Courtenay

Tom Courtenay was born in Hull in 1937 and brought up near the fish dock where his father worked. When he left home for university, his mother, Annie, wrote to him every week and when her letters became more searching and more intimate in response to Tom's unhappiness he kept every one, not knowing that after her early death they were to become his most treasured possession.

Tom has selected the best of them to go in this book and interwoven with them a portrait of what was going on in his life at the time, in the heady days of the early Sixties when successful young working-class actors were coming to the fore for the first time. Annie's letters are astonishing - wise, funny, with a natural instinct for words, but also deeply painful. She knows she's worthy of a better, more creative life, but she hasn't been given the chance.

Partly a memoir of a working-class way of life that has gone for ever, partly a powerfully moving record of the love between mother and son, partly a portrait of the artist as a young actor, Dear Tom is sure to excite admiration and delight in equal measure.

About the Publisher

Black Swan

Black Swan

Black Swan is an imprint of Transworld Publishers and publishes bestselling authors such as Bill Bryson, Sophie Kinsella, Kate Atkinson and Joanne Harris in paperback.

Book information

ISBN: 9780552999267
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Black Swan
Pub date:
DEWEY: 791.43028092
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 276g
Height: 197mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 53mm