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"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 trade edition in the UK; more 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:

1. There are two editions of the Letters of Note book available to the UK...

a) The first is published by UNBOUND. Its first edition has sold out, but you can pre-order the beautiful limited second edition here, to be delivered in Spring 2014.

b) Then we have the UK trade edition (also stunning, as it happens), photos of which can be seen above. This version can bought from the usual places, such as Amazon and Waterstones; however, it can also be found at the following wonderful, independent bookshops (if you know of more, let me know via shaun@lettersofnote.com):

Big Green Bookshop - Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, London, N22 6BG
Booka Bookshop - 26- 28 Church Street Oswestry Shropshire SY11 2SP
Browsers Bookshop - 60 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1AL
Chorlton Bookshop - 506 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9AW
Daunts Books - 51 South End Road, London, NW3 2QB
ebb & flo bookshop - 12 Gillibrand Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 2EJ
Sevenoaks Bookshop - 147 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1XJ
Plackitt & Booth - 87c Clifton Street, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5ER
Yellow-Lighted Bookshop - 21 Church St, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8JG

2. Finally, we have the US edition of Letters of Note, the cover of which can be seen below. This 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.


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Letters of Note was published alongside Simon Garfield's To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World, a magnificent and essential insight into the history of correspondence in all of its forms, from the papyrus letters of Ancient Greece through to the digital messages of today.

Purchase To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World at Amazon.