Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.
Quite literally the most enjoyable volume it is possible to imagine. Every page is a marvel * Spectator * Addictive, like dipping into a bag of variously tempting assorted candies, knowing that the next one will always bring surprise and pleasure * New Yorker * A gloriously presented compilation * Financial Times * The literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure ... The result is beautifully produced, with photographs and colour facsimiles of much of the correspondence. A gorgeous Christmas present * The Sunday Times * It is hard to see how Letters Of Note could ever be surpassed * Mail on Sunday * Funny, tragic, brilliantly incisive, historic, lyrical, romantic and studiedly offensive, this stupendous compendium of letters ancient and modern is my book of the year. You will never tire of it -- Stephen Fry It is inspiring, and often sad, funny, and occasionally quite surreal * GQ * A wonderful collection of magical missives ... It'll have you reaching for pen and paper * Evening Standard * As a guide to letters that deserve a wider readership, Usher's compilation is hard to beat * Scotland on Sunday * A truly extraordinary reading experience * Big Issue * The volume is so well-produced it could become an heirloom, passed down through generations * Huffington Post * Witty, tragic, educational, inspirational * The List * This wonderful volume features letters for the great and the good, including Mick Jagger, Roald Dahl - and the Queen, with her personal recipe for drop scones! Some are witty, some are wicked and others will move you to tears * Bella *
Shaun Usher is a writer and sole custodian of the popular blogs www.lettersofnote.com and www.listsofnote.com. He has transformed both blogs into bestselling books, crowd-funded by Unbound and jointly published by Unbound and Canongate. He lives in Wilmslow with his wife Karina and their two sons. He is the author of the bestselling Letters of Note, More Letters of Note and Lists of Note. www.lettersofnote.com www.shaunusher.com Follow @LettersOfNote on Twitter