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  • The Habit of Beingby Flannery O'Connor; Sally Fitzgerald

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1988; US$ 24.99

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award "I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply... more...

  • The Pursuit of Laughterby Diana Lady Mosley (Diana Mosley) Mitford; Diana Mitford (Mosley); Deborah Devonshire (Mitford); Duncan Fallowell; Martin Rynja

    Gibson Square 2012; US$ 6.99

    Roar with laughter.' Laura Thompson 'The dazzling beauty with a poison pen... wit pervades her writings.' Anne de Courcey, Daily Mail Critics Choice 'When she wielded her elegant stiletto, it was to unmask an ego... brightly and sharply illuminated.' Valerie Grove, The Times Wickedly funny, gossipy, carefree, intimate and revealing, this selection... more...

  • My Dear Bapuby Gopalkrishna Gandhi

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 22.08

    Nine years younger than Gandhi, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari or Rajaji was described by him as his "conscience keeper" and, at one time, as his "only possible successor". As his southern general, Rajaji campaigned for freedom, promoting khadi and prohibition. Though they shared nearly thirty years of colleagueship, hardship, friendship?and kinship,... more...

  • Dyingby Donald Horne; Myfanwy Horne

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 15.98

    This unique book is the last work of one of Australia's most respected and influential thinkers. On learning that his illness was terminal, Donald Horne began dictating his experiences of dying, and his resulting journal is full of courage, honesty, insight and humour. Ever the intellectual, he also recorded his last thoughts on some of the big human... more...

  • Women Of Lettersby Marieke Hardy; Michaela McGuire

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    In a world of the short and swift, of texts and Twitter, there's something of special value about a carefully composed letter. In homage to this most civilised of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire created the literary afternoons of Women of Letters. Some of Australia's finest dames of stage, screen and page have delivered missives on... more...

  • Darling Monsterby Diana Cooper; Viscount John Julius Norwich

    Random House 2013; US$ 15.50

    **** As read on BBC Radio 4 **** Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, society darling, an actress of stage and early screen. When she married rising political star Duff Cooper, they became the golden couple who knew everyone who was anyone; they sat at the very heart of British public life. Diana?s letters to her only son, John Julius Norwich,... more...

  • Words and Deedesby W. F. Deedes

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 8.74

    For seventy-five years, W. F. Deedes has reported on the most important events, affairs and issues that have affected Britain, Europe and the World. Words and Deedes brings together a life's work, selecting the very best of his journalism to give a unique overview of the best part of the last century. Starting as a cub reporter in 1931, Deedes'... more...

  • More Letters from a Nutby Ted L. Nancy

    Random House Publishing Group 2013; US$ 19.00

    Seinfeld.   For more than 33 million viewers, the Emmy Award-winning television show has become a Thursday night ritual.  Now, even though the show has ended, Jerry Seinfeld's distinct brand of humor can still be yours.   Ted L.  Nancy's first book, Letters from a Nut, with an introduction by Jerry Seinfeld, now has more than 225,000 copies in... more...

  • Letters of E. B. Whiteby E. B. White

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 14.96

    Letters of E. B. White touches on a wide variety of subjects, including the New Yorker editor who became the author's wife; their dachshund, Fred, with his "look of fake respectability"; and White's contemporaries, from Harold Ross and James Thurber to Groucho Marx and John Updike and, later, Senator Edmund S. Muskie and Garrison Keillor. Updated... more...

  • Letters of Noteby Shaun Usher

    Canongate Unbound 2013; US$ 33.29

    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 FryIn 2009, while researching a copywriting assignment for a stationery company, Shaun Usher noticed that the internet was full of facsimiles of... more...