Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher

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This beautiful book was my Secret Santa present from my brother about two years ago, (my family can’t keep secrets) and is really fascinating to dip into every so often. Having copies of these letters beneath your fingertips even if they are only replicas is a snapshot of history right there in front of you and feels like a much more genuine portrayal of the past because it’s in the writer’s own words. Many of the letters are intensely personal, a few of them humorous and still more of them heartbreaking but all of them are interesting in their own way and this book serves as a glimpse into the past of ordinary as well as incredibly famous people.



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Interesting fact

Usher’s website of the same name has been live since 2009 and receives more than 1.5m visits every week.

Been made into a film

Nope, not sure that would work!

What I like about the book?

Everything! In fact this post has taken ages to write because every time I glance inside I get hooked again and end up reading on for ages. My favourite letter in the book was one entitled “Our Frank”, penned to the family of Frank Cualla by the Connell family after they found Mr Cualla dead following the Lockerbie disaster. It brings a lump to my throat every time I read it but also makes me feel glad to know that there is such goodness out there in the world.

And dislike?

Well my issue is a hardback so I can’t lie down and read it in bed. That’s about all that’s wrong with it I reckon.

Final Thoughts:

This is a really interesting read and makes for an excellent present. If you are anything like me it will also make you want to write to someone, even if is only your french penfriend who you  never understood anyway.

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