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 has written for 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, Acland Road
Going from strength to strength, well done!
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
Thank you for organising the Dorchester Literary Festival. It was our first year...and will certainly attend again. We particularly enjoyed Victoria Hislop (with a good interviewer), Kate Adie and Dr Julia Shaw on Memory - excellent presentation and interesting subject.
We thoroughly enjoyed all of our visits and all being well will be there again next year.
We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant
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.