Wil­fred the great…

The Oldie - - THEODORE DALRYMPLE: THE DOCTOR’S SURGERY MEMORIAL -

SIR: Wil­fred De’ath’s col­umn is of­ten the first thing I turn to in The Oldie. I’m so glad suc­ces­sive edi­tors have ig­nored killjoys call­ing for his dis­missal.

Re­search­ing on­line re­cently for an ar­ti­cle on Daphne du Mau­rier (in the Jan­uary is­sue of Writ­ing Mag­a­zine), I chanced upon an in­ter­view she gave the BBC in 1971. The in­ter­viewer, a gin­ger­haired young man, very po­lite and very smartly dressed, vis­ited her at home in Corn­wall. His ques­tions pro­duced some fas­ci­nat­ing in­sights into her ap­proach to writ­ing.

Thank you, Wil­fred. Tony Rossiter, West Bur­ton, North York­shire

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