Letters of Note is a collection of one hundred and twenty five 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. Including letters from: Queen Elizabeth II, Elvis Presley, Charles Schulz, Leonardo da Vinci, Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Anais Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Charles Dickens, Katharine Hepburn, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Clementine Churchill, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and many more.
* 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 * A gloriously presented compilation Financial Times * Open the pages of the anthology and the appeal is immediately obvious Observer * It is inspiring, and often sad, funny, and occasionally quite surreal GQ * 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 * Addictive, like dipping into a bag of variously tempting assorted candies, knowing that the next one will always bring surprise and pleasure. Usher has an evident knack for selecting letters that land with the force of a good short story, with personalities and dramatic arcs emerging swiftly, from just a page or two. Many of the writers are famous people, caught in a moment of accessibility and rawness or off-the-cuff virtuosity New Yorker * Quite literally the most enjoyable volume it is possible to imagine. Every page is a marvel Spectator * 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 * It is hard to see how Letters Of Note could ever be surpassed Mail on Sunday * 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 * A book that's an ideal Christmas gift Metro * This year's Christmas gift? For sure Evening Standard * A fascinating blog... -- Andrew Sullivan The Atlantic on www.lettersofnote.com * The internet's cultural magpie GQ Magazine on www.lettersofnote.com
Shaun Usher is a writer and sole custodian of the popular blog www.lettersofnote.com. His chosen career as a curator of correspondence is particularly interesting given that he regularly receives - and more often than not doesn't reply to - abuse from exasperated friends due to his apparent inability to return their calls, emails, and, on very rare occasions, letters. Shaun lives in Wilmslow with his wife Karina, and their two sons. Letters of Note is his first book. www.shaunusher.com Follow @LettersOfNote on Twitter