Best of 2013

2013 is nearly over. And what a year it has been. The beautiful Letters of Note book, stockists of which can be found here, is finally finished and has been receiving amazing reviews from all corners—just this week it was also named ‘Book of the Year’ by Big Issue; and on December 10th, a hugely talented group of actors, musicians and authors gathered at the Tabernacle in London to perform a selection of letters at the inaugural Letters Live event, with all profits going to the Reading Agency—further Letters Live events will take place in 2014. As for the website, many millions have visited its 1000+ letters. Of those letters added in the past 12 months, the following 15 have been visited the most, beginning with the most popular (to see 2012’s most-read letters, go here).

Albert Camus writes to his old teacher after winning the Nobel Prize.
A wonderful letter of advice from Kurt Vonnegut to some students.


After being contacted by Ford Motors, Marianne Moore offers names for their new car. 

Steve Albini lays bare his philosophy in a pitch letter to Nirvana.

5. The Matchbox

An impossibly charming letter of thanks from Sylvia Townsend Warner. 

The most intense of love letters, from Henry Miller to Anaïs Nin. 
Publisher Richard Seaver takes on Coca-Cola. 
A heartbreaking letter from a World War II veteran to a lost love.
E. B. White explains his reasons for writing Charlotte’s Web, in a letter to his editor.
Letters from Jim Henson to his loved ones, to be read after this death. 
A school librarian writes to Francis Ford Coppola with an idea for a film. 
A letter of advice from Anton Chekhov to his troubled older brother. 
Richard Burton reacts to the news that Liz Taylor has ended their relationship. 
Private Eye’s now-famous response to a legal threat. 
A longing love letter from Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf.
Huge thanks! See you in 2014.