James Pope-Hennessy. Edited by Peter Quennell.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson. London. 1981. First edition. Hardback; red cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. xxii, 278 pages. English. 240 x 160mm. 0.65kg. 9780297779186. Very good, in very good dust jacket; light shelf wear, light ruffling to forecorners and spine ends, some yellowing to jacket, price-clipped.
A portrait of James Pope-Hennessy told through his own letters and diaries. Following his tragic death in 1974, Peter Quennell edited the papers that Hennessy left behind and brought them together to form A Lonely Business. The book is divided into three parts. Letters, then an early intermittent diary from 1950 to 1952, and finally a selection of written sketches of the royal and semi-royal personages (including the Duke of Windsor) whom he interviewed whilst writing his biography of Queen Mary. These notes have recently been expanded and published as The Quest for Queen Mary, edited by Hugo Vickers.