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“It is hard to see how Letters Of Note could ever be surpassed.”―Mail on Sunday

The long-awaited, updated edition of the original, internationally bestselling Letters of Note book, featuring fourteen riveting new missives and a fresh introduction from curator Shaun Usher.

LETTERS OF NOTE (2021 EDITION)

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NEW TITLES FOR 2021

LETTERS OF NOTE: DOGS

A delightful collection of correspondence about our canine friends, featuring affectionate accounts of pups’ playful misdemeanours, heartfelt tributes to loyal fidos and shared tales of remarkable hounds.

Includes letters by:

Clara Bow, Bob Hope, Charles Lamb, Sue Perkins, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, E.B. White & many more.

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LETTERS OF NOTE: GRIEF

In Letters of Note: Grief, Shaun Usher gathers together some of the most powerful messages about grief, from the heart-wrenching pain of losing a loved one to reliving fond memories of those who have passed on.

Includes letters by:

Audre Lorde, Robert Frost, Nick Cave, Rainer Maria Rilke, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Kahlil Gibran, Edith Wharton, Mary Wortley Montagu, Seungsahn Haengwon & many more

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LETTERS OF NOTE: FATHERS

An unmissable anthology of correspondence by, to, and about fathers, including proud parental words of love, advice from experienced dads to new ones, as well as letters from both frustrated and adoring offspring.

Includes letters by:

Anne Frank, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jawaharlal Nehru, Groucho Marx, Che Guevara, Ted Hughes Katherine Mansfield, Fergal Keane, Arthur Conan Doyle, Samuel Bernstein & many more

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LETTERS OF NOTE: SEX

A collection of noteworthy missives on the subject of sex, from euphemism-laden, flirtatious exchanges and desire-driven expressions of passion to sincere and thoughtful meditations on the meaning of sex.

Includes letters by:

John Cheever, Dorothy Day, Frida Kahlo, Margaret Mead, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Mae West & many more

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LETTERS OF NOTE: SPACE

Fascinating correspondence about the universe beyond our planet, containing hopeful thoughts about the future of space travel and awestruck messages penned about the worlds beyond our own.

Includes letters by:

Buzz Aldrin, Isaac Asimov, Yuri Gagarin, Ann Druyan, Stanley Kubrick, Neil DeGrasse Tyson & many more

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LETTERS OF NOTE: NEW YORK

A collection of letters about the Big Apple, from the marvelling of wide-eyed newcomers and the devoted outpourings of native citizens, to the outcries of the dispossessed and the reminiscences of old-timers.

Includes letters by:

Italo Calvino, Ralph Ellison, Kahlil Gibran, Helen Keller, Martin Scorsese, Saum Song Bo, Anaïs Nin, J. D. Salinger, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dylan Thomas, & many more

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2020 TITLES

LETTERS OF NOTE: MOTHERS

An epistolary journey through the joy, grief, humour, frustration, wisdom and sacrifice the role brings to both parent and child. Can be signed, personalised & gift-wrapped.

Includes letters by:

Sylvia Plath, Martin Luther King Jr., George Bernard Shaw, E.B. White, Laura Dern, Louisa May Alcott, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bette Davis, Richard Wagner, Martha Gellhorn & many more.

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LETTERS OF NOTE: LOVE

A compulsive collection of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with love at their heart. Can be signed, personalised & gift-wrapped.

Includes letters by:

Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Zora Neale Hurston, Evelyn Waugh, Vita Sackville-West, Nelson Mandela, John Steinbeck, & many more.

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LETTERS OF NOTE: ART

A book-shaped gallery of correspondence that will shine a light on various moments in the history of art for your enjoyment. Can be signed, personalised & gift-wrapped.

Includes letters by:

Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Oscar Howe, Martin Scorsese, Henri Matisse, Mick Jagger, Augusta Savage, Vincent van Gogh, & many more.

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LETTERS OF NOTE: WAR

A pocket-sized celebration of correspondence that serves to narrate the battles that have shaped our world. Can be signed, personalised & gift-wrapped.

Includes letters by:

Martha Gellhorn, Alexander Hamilton, Kurt Vonnegut, Mohandas Gandhi, Mark Twain, June Wandrey, Evelyn Waugh, Luis Alvarez, Lord Horatio Nelson, & many more.

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LETTERS OF NOTE: CATS

A wonderful collection of missives that celebrate, eulogise, and analyse the idiosyncratic ways of our feline companions. Can be signed, personalised & gift-wrapped.

Includes letters by:

Nikola Tesla, Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Dickens, Anne Frank, T.S. Eliot, Raymond Chandler, Florence Nightingale, Rachel Carson, Jack Lemmon, and many more.

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LETTERS OF NOTE: MUSIC

A melodic collection of fascinating correspondence that spans just over two centuries, beginning in 1812 and ending in 2019. Can be signed, personalised & gift-wrapped.

Includes letters by:

Ludgwig van Beethoven, Nick Cave, Helen Keller, Keith Richards, Yo-Yo Ma, Tom Waits, Erik Satie, Angélique Kidjo, Leonard Cohen John Coltrane, Kim Gordon, & many more.

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THE MAIN EDITIONS

LETTERS OF NOTE

Special edition of the original Letters of Note book. Not available in shops. Can be signed and personalised. Includes letters from:

Zelda Fitzgerald, Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Leonardo da Vinci, Anaïs Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Kurt Vonnegut, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Emily Dickinson, Alec Guinness, and many more.

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MORE LETTERS OF NOTE

The sumptuous sequel to Letters of Note. Special edition. Not available in shops. Can be signed and personalised. Includes letters from:

Jane Austen, Richard Burton, Helen Keller, Alan Turing, Albus Dumbledore, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry James, Sylvia Plath, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Mozart, Janis Joplin, Hunter S. Thompson, Katherine Mansfield, Marge Simpson, David Bowie, Dorothy Parker, Beatrix Potter, Che Guevara, Evelyn Waugh, Charlotte Brontë, and many more.

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LISTS OF NOTE

A stunning anthology of fascinating lists. Special edition. Not available in shops. Can be signed and personalised. Includes lists by:

Roald Dahl, Chrissie Hynde, Galileo, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Edith Wharton, Johnny Cash, Tina Fey, Michelangelo, Sylvia Plath, Charles Dickens, Sid Vicious, Raymond Chandler, Corita Kent, John Lennon, Susan Sontag, Pablo Picasso, and many more.

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SPEECHES OF NOTE

A richly illustrated and wonderfully eclectic collection of compelling speeches. Can be signed and personalised. Includes speeches by:

Malala Yousafzai, Tilda Swinton, Albert Einstein, Nick Cave, Queen Elizabeth II, Kermit the Frog, Pablo Picasso, Harvey Milk, J. M. Barrie, General Eisenhower, Meghan Markle, Sojourner Truth, Salman Rushdie, Panti Bliss, Nelson Mandela, Robert F. Kennedy, Virginia Woolf, Socrates, and many more.

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LETTERS OF NOTE - PAPERBACK

Portable edition of the original Letters of Note volume. Can be signed and personalised. Includes letters from:

Zelda Fitzgerald, Iggy Pop, Fidel Castro, Leonardo da Vinci, Anaïs Nin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amelia Earhart, Charles Darwin, Roald Dahl, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Dorothy Parker, John F. Kennedy, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Kurt Vonnegut, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Emily Dickinson, Alec Guinness, and many more.

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PRAISE OF NOTE

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 (on Letters of Note)

Another mailbag stuffed with funny, heartbreaking and passionate letters … engaging, eclectic, geekily and gleefully enthusiastic and laugh-out-loud funny.

The Times (on More Letters of Note)

Damn it if Usher hasn’t done it again. A deeply moving book.

Big Issue (on Lists of Note)

It is hard to see how Letters Of Note could ever be surpassed.

Mail on Sunday

Quite literally the most enjoyable volume it is possible to imagine. Every page is a marvel.

The Spectator (on Letters of Note)

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.

Sunday Times (on Letters of Note)

A truly extraordinary reading experience.

Big Issue (on Letters of Note)

Fascinating. One to put on your, ahem, Christmas list.

The Observer (on Lists of Note)

Very handsome. Just as engrossing as Letters of Note.

The Spectator (on Lists of Note)