Letters of Note


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

...beautifully designed anthology...

The Observer
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Letters of Note is an internationally bestselling collection of 125 of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, many of which are reproduced in facsimile in a carefully crafted, book-shaped museum that will grip and fling you from one emotion to the next. A celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.

In this volume is a letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol that contains a wonderfully laid-back design brief for a Rolling Stones album cover; a handwritten note from Queen Elizabeth II to U.S. President Eisenhower which is accompanied by Ma’am’s personal scone recipe; a remarkable and masterful riposte from a freed slave to his old master that will leave many of you punching the air; Virginia Woolf's heart-rending final letter to her husband, written shortly before taking her own life; a beautiful, delicate letter of advice from Iggy Pop to a troubled young fan that could warm the coldest of hearts; a truly incredible letter penned by scientist Francis Crick to his son, in which he announces the discovery of the structure of DNA; a harrowing account of a mastectomy performed without anaesthetic, written by the 60-year-old patient to her daughter; and an extraordinary job application letter from one of history's most celebrated minds, Leonardo da Vinci. One of the letters, imprinted into a clay tablet, dates all the way back to the 14th century BC; the most recent is just a few years old. All will captivate you.

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.

The Editions

Unbound Special Edition

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UK Edition

Published by Canongate.

US Edition

Published by Chronicle Books.