By the time she eventually caught the train back to Penzance two days later they had fallen in love and Eric had declared that he was determined to marry her... Before her death in 2002, Mary Wesley told her biographer Patrick Marnham: `after I met Eric I never looked at anyone else again. We lived our ups and downs but life was never boring.' Eric Siepmann was her second husband and their correspondence - lively, intimate, passionate, frustrated - charted their life together (and apart) with unusual candour and spirit. Marnham suggests that through these letters Mary, who famously blossomed as a novelist in her seventies, a decade after Eric's death, found her voice. Bequeathed to Marnham in two size-5 shoe boxes, this is one of the great surviving post-war correspondences. `With you I can become the person I really am - and bearing the grave in mind be buried as such. Dear love consider yourself kissed' Mary, 30 October 1944 `I find you brave and amusing, understanding and beautiful, simple and sophisticated, and I love you. More than that, I mean to get you' Eric, 5 December 1944.
Journalist, travel writer and biographer Patrick Marnham has written about Diego Riviera, Georges Simenon and Mary Wesley among others. As a journalist, he was Literary Editor of The Spectator and Paris correspondent of The Independent. His books have won the Thomas Cook Travel award and the Marsh Biography Award.
Thursday 19th October, 5.00pm
United Church, 49-51 Charles Street
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.
The festival was well organised, we enjoyed the talks we attended and very much hope to attend next year.
I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating.
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).
We thoroughly enjoyed the Literary Festival again this year and eagerly await the next one...Thank you for bringing a great event to Dorchester.