In 1950, V. S. Naipaul travelled from Trinidad to England to take up a place at Oxford University. Over the next few years letters passed back and forth between V. S. Naipaul and his family particularly his beloved father Seepersad, but also his mother and siblings.
The result is a fascinating chronicle of Naipaul's time at university; the love of writing that he shared with his father and their mutual nurturing of literary ambition; the triumphs and depressions of Oxford life; and the travails of his family back at home. This engrossing collection has been updated with new material.
Spanning the early years of V. S. Naipaul's burgeoning literary career, these letters touch time and again on the craft of writing, and reveal the relationships and experiences that formed and influenced one of the greatest and most enigmatic literary figures of our age.