Endlessly interested in people, and effortlessly funny, Miles Kington has left behind a collection of over 25,000 letters written with style and wit to those at the bottom of the pile and to those at the top, to struggling students, to strangers and friends, to those who criticised and to those who wanted something from him. His one, as yet unfulfilled wish, was to see a collection of those letters published.
My Mother, the Bearded Lady: The Selected Letters of Miles Kington will be edited by his widow, Caroline, and will feature over 250 of some of the very best letters from across his writing life.
We are delighted to report that we have added a brand new reward to our panoply of delights: a CD containing the last recorded interview Miles gave.
The broadcaster Tony Staveacre has kindly offered the recordings to help support our aim to get this volume of Miles' letters funded and published. Here's a short introduction to the CD from Tony:
For a man who wrote at least 800 words nearly every…
Last week we shared Miles' resignation letter from Punch magazine. In it he mentions a possible television documentary about the Andes railways.
And here it is.
In 1980, following the suggestion of its editor, Alan Coren, Miles resigned from his position as a writer for Punch magazine. The reasons are self-evident from his resignation letter, which is included in full below.
It is interesting to note that the column in the Mirror never materialised, although the television documentary about the Andes railways did come about.
As we make progress with crowdfunding this collection of Miles Kington's letters, we will occasionally share some of the letters we are unearthing from within the piles of Miles' correspondence. A taster of the book to come, if you will.
Now that Christmas is just a hazy, leftovers- and chocolate-fueled memory, some of you may be harrassing your children to write belated 'thank you' letters to…
We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported My Mother, the Bearded Lady so far. We are extremely grateful and it is heartwarming to see so many people helping to make this book a reality. Caroline Kington wanted to pass on her personal thanks to each and every one of you.
The book has had 58 pledges so far and acheived 36% of the funding it needs, which is pretty good and puts…
These people are helping to fund My Mother, the Bearded Lady: The Selected Letters of Miles Kington .