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Mary Pakenham

  • Frank as a companion had only one disadvantage. He read newspapers with the concentration of an elderly clubman.

  • Our diaries were big features of the journey. We wrote them up in indelible pencil every evening with an assiduity which would have done credit to explorers mapping virgin soil, and a lack of diffidence about giving our opinions which is slightly appalling.

  • ... I had the real explorer's spirit which is both complaining and insular ...

  • Public holidays are like air-raids — it is fatal to be caught out in the open.

  • It is well known that studying art is best done in almost any country than that in which one happens to be born ...

  • I pursued art for some years and then I began to see that my former employer had been right, and that I was never going to catch it.

Mary Pakenham, English writer, historian

(1907 - 2010)

Full name: Lady Mary Katherine Pakenham Clive.