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REVIEWS OF THE BESTSELLING UK EDITION:

"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

"...beautifully designed anthology..."
THE OBSERVER

"Letters of Note is quite literally the most enjoyable volume it is possible to imagine. Every page is a marvel."
THE SPECTATOR

"The literary equivalent of a box of chocolates — bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure."
THE SUNDAY TIMES' BEST BOOKS OF 2013

"There have been many collections of letters before this one, and no doubt there will be many to follow. But it is hard to see how Letters Of Note could ever be surpassed."
MAIL ON SUNDAY

"...Usher’s compilation is hard to beat."
THE SCOTSMAN

"...deserves to be this Christmas' runaway bestseller."
HARPER'S BAZAAR

"A truly extraordinary reading experience [...] a mind-boggling, sumptuous hardback."
– BIG ISSUE (NAMED 'BOOK OF THE YEAR')

"...a gloriously presented compilation..."
FINANCIAL TIMES

"[Usher] succeeds wholeheartedly."
ANOTHER MAG

"...a book that entire afternoons will be lost in for years to come."
THE LIST

"It's a big, beautiful object. It is also wonderful to read."
DAVID HEBBLETHWAITE

"...remarkably well compiled [...] a hefty, luxuriously bound and designed work."
THE SKINNY

Letters of Note is a collection of 125 of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters.

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.

The photos above are of the book's US edition; larger images can be seen here

Includes letters from:

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

WHERE TO BUY:

The US edition of Letters of Note will be published by Chronicle Books on May 6th, 2014, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. For all press enquiries, please contact April Whitney at Chronicle Books – email: april_whitney@chroniclebooks.com; phone: 1-415-537-4253.