In My Mind’s Eye – a New Book by CCCS’ Former Pupil & Chorister Jan Morris

Posted on 4th Sep, 2018

Jan Morris, a historian, author and travel writer, who was born James Humphrey Morris, attended Christ Church Cathedral School in the 1930s, before joining the army at 17 to serve in the Second World War. 

She reflected on her time at the School in her recent interview for The Times: “I was very taken as a child by that.  I loved the feel of it all – the architecture, the services, the whole thing seemed to be marvellous.”

Her achievements as a journalist, when still known as James Morris, include reporting the conquest of Everest by Hillary and Tenzing in time for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 (for The Times), covering the Eichmann Trial in 1961, and writing for Rolling Stone in the 1970s.

The writer, who celebrated her ninetieth birthday in October 2016 and was awarded the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing this February, is the author of many classic books including VeniceConundrumThe Pax Britannica Trilogy and Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere.

The new book’s Editorial Director, Angus Cargill of Faber & Faber, described the title as, “a perfect treat – the thoughts, over the course of last year, of one the greatest writers of the last sixty years. From cars to cats, travel to home, music to writing, Brexit to America, marmalade to lunch, kindness to ageing, it is a book marked by her unique turn of phrase and characteristically intimate voice, at once funny, perceptive, wise, touching, wicked, scabrous, and kind!”

“I have never before in my life kept a diary of my thoughts, and here at the start of my ninth decade, having for the moment nothing much else to write, I am having a go at it. Good luck to me.”  So begins Jan Morris’ new book, In My Mind's Eye, a collection of diary pieces, published by Faber & Faber on 6th September.


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