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Letters of Note, the book based on the beloved website of the same name, became an instant classic on publication in 2013, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. This new edition sees the collection of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters updated with 14 riveting new missives and a new introduction from curator Shaun Usher.

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.


  • Alan Cumming
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Juliet Stevenson
  • Mark Strong
  • Noma Dumezweni
  • Stephen Fry
  • Colin Salmon
  • Crystal Clarke
  • Toby Jones
  • Jordan Stephen
  • Phyllis Ho
  • Ferdinand Kingsley
  • Louise Brealey
  • Kerry Shale
  • John Moraitis
  • Olivia Colman
  • Shaun Usher
©2021 Shaun Usher (P)2021 Canongate Books

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