Dear Howard : Tales told in letters


Batterham, David

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This collection of letters, written by antiquarian bookseller David Batterham to the painter Howard Hodgkin, introduce us to a richly bohemian world that we might otherwise never encounter. For several decades David Batterham has scoured Europe and beyond in pursuit of the rare and the forgotten, always hopeful of the ‘great find’ that he can describe – and perhaps sell on to – his many customers, who include famous artists, poets and royalty. Dealing can be a solitary way of life and in these intimate letters he writes with mordant humour of nights in fusty hotels and evenings in tired restaurants. In his need to share his adventures he reveals a unique eye for clothes, for food, for cultural artefacts and hidden places.