A moving and humorous selection of letters from a despairing father to his wayward son.
The late Sunday Times Racing Correspondent Roger Mortimer wrote to his wayward son Charlie over a period of twenty five years. The correspondence was sometimes touching, often hilarious and always generous. Charlie is publishing this collection as a tribute to a father who never gave up on him despite his frequent disasters and general inability to live up to expectations.
'Initially there were hopes that I would get my house colours at Eton and become an officer in the Coldstream Guards. Ultimately my dad merely hoped that I would avoid "being taken away in a Black Maria"... As he predicted it is only in later life that I have come to fully appreciate the affection and wisdom imparted by him to me.'
Read by David Horovitch and Nicky Henson.
Abridged and Produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.