Letters from a Lost Uncle

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First edition
(publ. Eyre & Spottiswoode)

Written for children, Letters from a Lost Uncle by Mervyn Peake,[1] is a combination of pencil drawing and typed manuscript. It is written in the form of letters from a lost uncle who is travelling in distant polar regions in search of a white lion. He has a spike for a leg, and is accompanied by his retainer, Jackson, a bizarre turtle figure.

Originally published in 1948, the book was well-received but Peake complained about the war-time quality of the paper on which it was printed and it was subsequently withdrawn. It was reissued in 1976.


  1. ^ Peake, Mervyn (1948). Letters from a Lost Uncle. ISBN 0413777138. 

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