Braybrooke, Neville and June
The life of the author of The Balkan and Levant trilogies; edited by Francis King. Laid in is a signed postcard from Neville Braybooke to David Gascoyne, 'delighted to hear that you have a book' etc. The biography describes Olivia Manning's funeral, 'The next person to read was David Gascoyne. But before he began, Neville [Braybrooke] read out a letter written by Olivia, dated 1980, in which she spoke of David as 'our most considerable poet alive', ... Quite overcome at hearing such praise, David began nervously to read 'The Gravel Pit', which Olivia believed to be his finest poem. Judy his wife followed this with Christina Rossetti's 'Remembrance' ...'