Letters of Note: Mothers

Compiled by Shaun Usher

Letters of Note: Mothers by Shaun Usher, Shaun Usher (Paperback ISBN 9781786899446) book cover

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A compulsive collection of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with mothers at their heart, curated by the founder of the global phenomenon lettersofnote.com

In Letters of Note: Mothers, Shaun Usher gathers together exceptional missives by and to mothers, celebrating the joy and grief, humour and frustration, wisdom and sacrifice the role brings to both parent and child.

Includes letters by:

Caitlin Moran, Sylvia Plath,
Martin Luther King Jr., George Bernard Shaw,
E.B. White, Laura Dern, Louisa May Alcott,
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bette Davis,
Richard Wagner, Martha Gellhorn
& many more


“The letters range from the famous to the quietly heroic. None is more poignant than that written in 1950 by the Czech socialist politician Milada Horáková to her sixteen-year-old daughter. Horáková had been arrested and sentenced to death for treason, and the letter was written the night before her execution. Heartbreaking”
observer

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”Praise for Shaun Usher: Another mailbag stuffed with funny, heartbreaking and passionate letters … engaging, eclectic, geekily and gleefully enthusiastic and laugh-out-loud funny”
the Times

“Shaun Usher’s More Letters of Note mines the archives for more gems of the epistolary arts”
guardian

“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

“From the genuinely funny: Marge Simpson duelling with First Lady Barbara Bush to the truly heart-breaking: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s last goodbye to their children before execution. Usher’s book is unlike anything else you have read. After all, where else can you find out why Norman Mailer refused money to his father, or how Janis Joplin felt before breaking America? Exactly”
gq


Compiled by Shaun Usher

Shaun Usher is a writer and sole custodian of the popular blogs lettersofnote.com and listsofnote.com. He has transformed both blogs into bestselling books, crowd-funded by Unbound and jointly published by Unbound and Canongate. He lives in Wilmslow with his wife Karina and their two sons. He is the author of the bestselling Letters of Note, More Letters of Note, Lists of Note and Speeches of Note. Along with Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, Letters of Note inspired Letters Live, a series of live performances celebrating the enduring power of literary correspondence, with great performers reading remarkable letters to a live audience.

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