A bundle of letters discovered at her mother’s home in Sussex have revealed the world of the foreign correspondent in the 50s and 60s.
The late John Ridley worked for the Daily Telegraph travelling to the centres of major world events as foreign correspondent and his letters to Bunty Ogle have now been published by Bunty’s daughter, Rosemary Irish from Great Saxham.
From Her Own Correspondent, Letters from Abroad, contains the letter John wrote to the Ogle family where he was a frequent visitor and close family friend.
The book is a three-tiered delight, firstly the insight into the often lonely and uncomfortable world of the foreign journalist waiting for world events to unfold, the author’s own memories and the personal intimacies and comments between John and Bunty - loss of a trench coat, inquiries about the children’s schools, holidays and John’s longing to be back for Christmas - often unfulfilled.
Rosemary who is school librarian at St Louis Middle School was one of Bunty’s twin daughters and photos published among the letters evoke an era gone by.
Momentous occasions, the Korean conflict, The Congo uprising, UDI in Rhodesia, the India/Pakistan war and Vietnam are all reflected in the heart-warming and humourous letters written home. The book is available from Amazon and Janus Publishing.