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  • Kurt Vonnegut: Lettersby Kurt Vonnegut

    Random House 2012; US$ 16.91

    This collection of Vonnegut?s letters is the autobiography he never wrote ? from the letter he posted home upon being freed from a German POW camp, to notes of advice to his children: ?Don?t let anybody tell you that smoking and boozing are bad for you. Here I am fifty-five years old, and I never felt better in my life?. Peppered with insights, one-liners... more...

  • Letters 1945-59by William S Burroughs; Oliver Harris

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 21.14

    Beginning as surprisingly formal notes from the road to his friends Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the letters gradually deepen in substance and style. Burroughs's letters show the development of both the man and the writer, vividly documenting his (often turbulent) personal and cultural history. The collection provides a key to opening up and contextualizing... more...

  • Letters to Isabella Stewart Gardnerby Henry James; Rosella Mamoli Zorzi

    Pushkin Press 2012; US$ 10.19

    Painted by John Singer Sargent and admired by Sarah Bernhardt, Isabella Stewart Gardner was both popular and unconventional. A passionate art collector and philanthropist, she surrounded herself with artists, writers and musicians, who constituted her court in both Boston in Venice. Written between 1879 and 1914, James's letters to her - whom he once... more...

  • 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$ 10.36

    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...