Tuesday, 22 September 2015

More Letters of Note

"[A] wonderful treasure trove of a book [...] Is there anyone who wouldn’t find something in these letters to delight or surprise or astonish them, to make them gasp, or laugh, or cry?

"This follow-up volume, delivered in the same beautifully designed format, is engaging, eclectic, geekily and gleefully enthusiastic — and both laugh-out-loud funny and heart-breaking."

"So wonderful, so magical, so joyous [...] If you don’t find anything of interest in this enchanting new volume, you are not a proper human being."

"Funny, shocking and poignant, More Letters of Note must be one of the most entertaining books of the year."

"This volume casts a long shadow [...] Shaun Usher has proved himself a document bloodhound of rare tenacity."

"Correspondences full of warmth, spite and humour [...] Please, please write more soon."

"Shaun Usher's More Letters of Note mines the archives for more gems of the epistolary arts."

"Usher's book is unlike anything else you have read."

"A worthy successor to the sensational Letters of Note and Lists of Note [...] a sterling second volume."
TELEGRAPH ('Best 100 books for Christmas')

"This is one of those books that you love so much you don't want it to end."

"It contains another incredible compilation of correspondences, some of which will make you laugh and others which will break your heart."

"A beautifully produced compilation."

More Letters of Note is the hotly-anticipated sequel to the internationally bestselling Letters of Note -- another rich and inspiring collection that delivers the same mix of the heartfelt, the historically significant, the tragic, the comic and the unexpected, all a reminder that much of what matters in our lives finds its way into our letters.

Discover an enthusiastic letter written by a young David Bowie in response to his first piece of American fan mail; J.K. Rowling’s reply, in character as Albus Dumbledore, to a Professor of Colloid and Polymer Science who applied to become Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts; from 1930, a missive from Lili Elvenes in which she describes her relief at finally being able to undergo surgery in what was one of the first cases of gender reassignment; a long letter sent by Tom Clancy to his friends just his star was beginning to rise, in which he speaks of his rapidly changing life; an embroidered letter of such incredible dimensions that it spans several fold-out pages; the charming illustrated letter that introduced Peter Rabbit to the world, written by Beatrix Potter to a five-year-old boy; a letter from legendary “dinosaur hunter” Barnum Brown, in which he describes having just discovered the Tyrannosaurus rex; Florence Nightingale’s harrowing account of the “appalling horror” of the Crimean War, written in 1854, and many, many more. As with the first book, you will embark on a rollercoaster ride that soars as high as it does low, travelling back in time as far as 2000BC to read an ancient Egyptian letter to the dead and coming as close as 2014 to read a wonderfully entertaining letter by Robert Crumb.

Includes letters from:

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