Raleigh Trevelyan

Raleigh Trevelyan most recent book is Shades of the Alhambra. He is working on a book about his family connections with India.

Two Ediths and a Hermit

Raleigh Trevelyan, 5 September 1985

It is gratifying to have a book reissued after 25 years. My A Hermit Disclosed was first published in 1960. At that time I was not allowed to mention the names of certain people who were then alive, or I felt it diplomatic not to do so. Therefore I used pseudonyms. Now I can say that a character I called Lady Kathleen V – was Edith Sitwell. She and I became friends eventually, but for a while I was in hot water.


E.S. Turner, 25 June 1987

Some writers have an unfair start in life. ‘When I was born, in July 1923, my mother was carried on a litter or “dandy” to the hospital by two murderers. My first ayah was a...

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