A mem­o­rable mem­oir

The Oldie - - READERS' LETTERS -

SIR: It may in­ter­est Dr Detlev Piltz (‘My Vicarage Lessons with a Four-yearOld Theresa May’, Septem­ber is­sue) that Church En­stone is fa­mil­iar to any­one who read a mem­o­rable mem­oir of a farm labourer who spent his life there.

He was Mont Ab­bott, and the book was Lift­ing the Latch. Mont didn’t write it but was in­ter­viewed over two years, and the tape record­ings were edited by Sheila Ste­wart, with his broad Ox­ford­shire ac­cent ef­fec­tively re­pro­duced.

Theresa May and her par­ents are not men­tioned in the nar­ra­tive, and I won­der whether their paths ever crossed. John Sau­marez Smith, Canon­bury, London N1.

‘Get the man­ual out of the glove com­part­ment’

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