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Letters of Note: Space

By: Shaun Usher - editor
Narrated by: Louise Brealey,Simon Callow,Crystal Clarke,Stephen Fry,Mark Strong,Shaun Usher,Toby Jones,Ferdinand Kingsley,Greg Lockett,Chris Nayak,Shazia Nicholls,Juliet Stevenson
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Publisher's Summary

An awe-inspiring collection of letters on the subject of outer space curated by the founder of the phenomenally popular Letters of Note website.

The first volume in the best-selling Letters of Note series was a collection of hundreds of the world's most entertaining, inspiring, and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. From Virginia Woolf's heartbreaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter. Now, the curator of Letters of Note, Shaun Usher, gives us wonderful new volumes featuring letters organized around a universal theme.

In this volume, Shaun Usher turns to the subject of outer space and space travel. Includes letters by Buzz Aldrin, Isaac Asimov, Marion Carpenter, Yuri Gagarin, Ann Druyan, Stanley Kubrick, Alexander Graham Bell, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and many more.

©2020 Shaun Usher (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

Critic Reviews

“Reading through them is addictive, like dipping into a bag of variously tempting assorted candies, knowing that the next one will always bring surprise and pleasure. Usher has an evident knack for selecting letters that land with the force of a good short story, with personalities and dramatic arcs emerging swiftly, from just a page or two. Many of the writers are famous people, caught in a moment of accessibility and rawness or off-the-cuff virtuosity.” —The New Yorker

“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  

“The literary equivalent of a box of chocolates—bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure . . . The result is beautifully produced, with photographs and colour facsimiles of much of the correspondence. A gorgeous Christmas present.” —The Sunday Times

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