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John O'Connell
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1 Nov 2012
Remember letters? They were good, weren t they? The thrill of receiving that battered envelope with its longed-for contents all the better for the wait...

Handwritten is a celebration of letter-writing in all its guises, a
showcase for the masterpieces we would all write if we had the time and inclination the perfect thankyou letter, a riotous despatch from a far-flung location, that heartfelt declaration of love.

As John O Connell shows, the best letters have much to teach us Samuel Richardson s familiar letters ; Wilfred Owen s outpourings to his mother; the schoolboy scatology of Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin; Churchill and Clementine s reflections on the colour & jostle of the highway they trod together; the sly
observational charms of Jane Austen...

In this richly entertaining book, O Connell puts forward a passionate case for the value of letter-writing in a distracted, technology-obsessed world. A properly crafted letter is something to be cherished, an act of exposure which gives shape and meaning to the chaos of life. In the words of John Donne, Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls;/For, thus friends absent speak.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721095
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John O Connell worked for several years at the London listings magazine Time Ou. He now writes, mostly about books, for The Times, The Guardian, New Statesman and The National. He is the author of I Told You I Was Ill: Adventures in Hypochondria (Short Books, 2005), The Midlife Manual (2010) and The Baskerville Legacy (2011). He is 37 and lives with his family in south London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Love of Letters 23 Jan 2013
By Lulev
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Loved this book. Gently humourous and informative.
Would recommend it to anyone who writes letters rather
than sends emails !!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. 4 May 2014
By Patrick Reilly - Published on
I love to write and receive hand written letters. It was great to read that someone else does too! I wish he would have included letter from the likes of Tolkien and Lewis who wrote volumes of letters, but I'm sure anyone who reads it will wish certain authors were included. You can read this in one sitting. More importantly, will it inspire you to write letters? Maybe.
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