After more than sixty years in publishing, Valerie Mendes steps aside from her own fiction to offer us a unique glimpse into the professional, pioneering and private strands of her life.
In Not Only But Also we read about the major events that shaped her work, the people who encouraged her to write, and those who remain closest to her heart.
Honest, witty, revealing and brave, Not Only But Also celebrates a unique and fascinating life.
“I found my mother’s Memoir very touching.”
Sir Sam Mendes CBE, Theatre and Film Director
“Not Only But Also is superb. I found it gripping. It’s beautifully and very sharply written and observed, and I admired your dedication and determination both as a writer and a person, and your individuality. The view of publishing you give, particularly the freelance life, is excellent. My, what a career! I was sorry to finish it. It’s a lovely book.”
Jeremy Robson, Poet and Publisher
“An extraordinary book, beautifully written, constantly engaging – and amusing in equal measure.”
Dilip Sarkar MBE, Distinguished Best-Selling Author and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
“I am almost speechless … The text bristles with enthusiasm and ideas which are to me quite exceptional and relate to our real lives. Your poems are lovely and so generous, and of a great complexity … Your latest book will be one of your best. Or maybe the best.”
George Bentley, Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedics, The Academy of Medical Sciences
Photo by Chris Challis Photography