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Thomas Peter Hughes  Selection of Letters Privately Printed

A Selection of the Letters of Thomas Peter Hughes - Privately Printed

SKU: SLPH2121984

A Selection from the Letters of Thomas Peter Hughes

Privately Printed


“This selection from the letters of Thomas Peter Hughes is intended to capture something of his wit, and does not strive to show the complete man. My thanks to all those who offered contributions, and to John Nicholson for his invaluable assistance. My apologies to those whose offerings have not been included. It is our hope that this book will recall to the minds of his friends and family the times of merriment and laughter, and will amuse those who missed meeting him.”


Memoirs - hardback with dust jacket.

First Edition 1984 Privately Printed.

Published by Michael Hughes (Thomas Peter Hughes’s son.) Designed by Humphrey Stone. Printed in Great Britain by Billings, Hylton Road, Worcester.

Size: 20cm x 14cm

Number of pages:  256 Pages

Intriguing inscription in pencil reads  “A mon Johnny avec tout ma tendresse, Fifi  Paris IX ’44.”




The Letters


By John Maccullum Scott

By John Nicholson

By Gordon Ewing


More about the book:

This selection of Peter Hughes’ letters is an attempt to catch something of his sense of humour and of his outlook on life. There was nothing malicious in him, and it is hoped that o-one will take offence at anything herein. Notes in square brackets, have been added only where the information is needed to make sense of the passage. The following brief history may help to shed light on the letters generally.


Biography of Author:

“Thomas Peter Hughes was born in Wymondham, Norfolk in 1912, the son of a country doctor, who died on active service at Gallipoli in 1916. Peter was educated at Felsted and Christ Church Oxford. During the war he served with the Royal Artillery before being seconded for intelligence work with the American Third Army. He had previously qualified as a chartered accountant, and, in 1940, married Iris Michaelis. In 1945 and 1950 he stood for Parliament as a Liberal candidate. He emigrated to South Africa with his family in 1951, returning to Furneaux Pelham Hall in 1955. During the 1950s they cruised extensively in their yacht, the ‘Gay Gambler.’ In 1963 he developed cancer of the throat, which was treated by a tracheotomy. He learnt to talk again and became a prolific letter writer. In 1976 whilst touring South Africa, his liver collapsed. This also he survived, albeit as an enforced teetotaller. In 1980 the final onslaught of cancer began and he died in 1981. He saw all his six children married and was grandfather to nineteen.”



Condition: A bright, clean, and sound book that has been used or read, with an inscription of a previous owner. Apart from slight foxing or fading the book will have some signs of shelf wear such as light rubbing, small marks, or creases. There may also be some paper discolouration on older paperbacks and some magazines. 

Dust Jacket: Clean with excellent colouring. Reverse has staining along top edge as per image.


Blue boards: Very good no marks, little wear and scuffing.  Gold lettering on spine is clean and bright.

Binding: Tight

Spine: Very good

Pages.  All pages complete, bright, clean and it is hard to tell if the book has been read. .

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