In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

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Price
$24.95  $22.95
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
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Pages
208
Dimensions
5.5 X 1.3 X 8.4 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781631495366
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About the Author

Jan Morris is the author of some forty books, most notably the Pax Britannica trilogy about the rise and fall of the British Empire.

Reviews

Morris is one of Britain's greatest living writers.--The Times (UK)
It is remarkable to be writing a book at 91, yet what grips is not so much her thoughts about the world (towards which she turns and turns away) but her sense of the rhythms of domestic life.
A splendidly quirky confection that mixes the trivial with the serious, like life.... Morris has a gift for picking out what seems only in retrospect to be obvious. Like all good diaries, this one benefits from the strengths of the form: the possibility of being (or sounding) spontaneous and impressionistic.--Literary Review (UK)
In committing her ruminations to 320 entertaining pages, Morris creates a captivating image of a delightfully dotty elderly lady.... After closing the book, I felt bereft of Morris's company and her chummy, conversational prose style.--Susan Flockhart, Glasgow Sunday Herald
"[Morris] is the same age as Queen Elizabeth II and like that remarkable monarch she still seems, in her early 90s, to be completely engaged with the world, understanding of its foibles and appreciative of what life has to offer.... Reading these beautifully written pages, one is struck by the gentle note of lament they host.... 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 Book Review
This is vintage Morris - the mundane mingling with the majestic in a casual embrace, a regular walk quickened by Welsh military marches and stirring requiems. Like Michel de Montaigne, the seminal 16th-century essayist she deeply admires, Ms. Morris is a great expert at amusing herself, viewing her local stomping grounds as a lively source of theater.... Sublime.--Danny Heitman, Wall Street Journal
At the start of her 10th decade, Jan Morris was asked to write a diary of her thoughts. Day-to-day observations and experiences, mostly light, some weighty, others the expected ruminations of a versatile British author long celebrated for her histories and travel writing. Morris, now 92, undertook the task with some trepidation, not because of her age -- she is doing quite nicely, thank you -- but out of modesty: Why would anyone care? Well, we do. Especially when these brief, daily entries range so widely, from sharp, wistful or cranky to eccentric and grandmotherly.--Bill Thomson, The Post and Courier
In My Mind's Eye -- a collection of mini-essays, written one per day over the course of many months -- reveals that her writing is just as elegant and erudite, and her mind just as supple, playful, curious, rigorous, humorous and surprising as ever.--Sarah Lyall, New York Times