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Publication date: October 2015
141% funded
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Cover of More Letters of Note

The eagerly awaited sequel to the international bestseller

Hello, it's lovely to be back. Since we last met, I’ve been amazed and gratified that so many people, in so many countries, have supported, bought, read and given my first collection, Letters of Note. THANK YOU for helping make it happen.

One of the best things about the slightly surreal process of publishing a bestseller is the huge number of readers, libraries, authors' estates, archivists and literary curators who have got in touch to alert me to wonderful new caches of correspondence. In the two years since I finished Letters of Note I’ve been busy going through these and have come up with a second selection – Letters of Note: Volume II – which I genuinely think is even stronger and more varied than the first.

Here are some of the treasures it will contain:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt writing to the Daughters of the American Revolution to cancel her membership, in protest at their racism
  • ‘Oh my ass burns like fire!’ – a letter from Mozart to his cousin Marianne
  • A beautiful condolence letter from Emily Dickinson following the death of her nephew
  • Florence Nightingale's letter home about the appalling horrors of the Crimean War
  • Norman Mailer refusing to give his father money to feed his gambling addiction
  • A customer complaint letter from 1450 BC
  • An excited letter home from Janis Joplin, just as she's on the cusp of stardom
  • Alan Turing's letter to fellow mathematician Norman Routledge shortly before he was charged with gross indecency
  • Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White writing to his little boy pretending to be Daisy the family dog.
  • A telegram from Peter Sellers to Spike Milligan, two months before he died, pleading that they reform The Goons
  • John Cleese's response to a query about his fan club, claiming that all his members have been killed by Michael Palin's fan club
  • A letter from John Lennon to Eric Clapton asking him to join his supergroup
  • Heartbreaking notes scrawled by the passengers on Japan Airlines flight 123, written minutes before it crashed.
  • Marge Simpson writing to Barbara Bush after she called The Simpsons the 'dumbest family she ever saw'
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding to Churchill in 1940, making the request which would later ensure British aerial supremacy in the Battle of Britain
  • A letter from Carl Jung to James Joyce discussing his reservations about Ulysses
  • Anthony Hollander's letter to Blue Peter about ‘making animals alive’ and the reply, which inspired him to become a world-renowned doctor
  • Che Guevara’s note to his children to be read in the event of his death asking them to feel 'deeply any injustice committed against anyone’

What, where, when

The book will contain 125 letters, more than half of which will not yet have appeared on the Letters of Note site. Physically, the book will be the same shape, size and quality as last time. I’m delighted to be working with Caz Hildebrand and the team at Here Design again, who will be coming up with something stunning that will match the last book (and Lists of Note) – particularly when lined up on a shelf (these things matter…)

We have a crack team in place ready to clear permissions and I’m working hard to finish off the editing.

All of which means that – as long as you help us hit our target – the brand new Unbound special edition will be despatched in the Autumn, in plenty of time for Christmas.

Letters Live

While you’re waiting you might be interested in another letters venture I’m involved in, inspired by the success of the book. It’s called Letters Live, a series of staged events featuring actors, performers, writers and musicians reading their favourite letters. We started last year and the roll call of performers involved has been astonishing including Benedict Cumberbatch, Louise Brealey, Juliet Stephenson, Stephen Fry, Nick Cave, Russell Brand, Rob Brydon, Gillian Anderson and Neil Gaiman.

The next series runs for 5 nights at the Freemasons’ Hall in London from Tuesday March 31st – Saturday 5th April. Tickets are selling fast, so book now at the Letters Live website.

Below: Benedict Cumberbatch reads "Yours in distress", Alan Turing's letter to Norman Routledge.

When I’m not searching for, reading, transcribing, introducing, performing, talking about or writing letters (usually about letters), I’m tending to my two blogs www.lettersofnote.com and www.listofnote.com. Otherwise, I live in Wilmslow with my wife Karina and our two boys, Billy and Danny.

I know what taste is and what vulgarity is
Tennessee Williams to Joseph Breen
October 29th, 1950

In 1947, A Streetcar Named Desire premiered on Broadway to rapturous applause, glowing reviews and, the following year, numerous awards. Written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan with a cast that included Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, it ran for two successful years with few alterations. In 1951, a film version hit the big screen, adapted by Williams, directed by Kazan, and boasting largely the same cast. It went on to win four Academy Awards. But it wasn’t all plain sailing. In 1950, the year before its release, the film ran afoul of the Motion Picture Production Code, who deemed a “pivotal” rape scene to be in breach of their guidelines. In response, Tennessee Williams wrote to the code’s administrator, Joseph Breen.

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First look at the cover of More Letters of Note

Friday, 24 July 2015

Letters of note 2 mockup

Dear all,

As promised, here's a first look at the cover design for the next volume of Letters of Note (more on the details soon). It's the first ever Letters of Note book with moving parts – and I'm excited for you to see what's on this very special library-style card in the pocket on the front of the book...

Thanks so much again for helping to bring this beautiful book to life.

Shaun…

Tell the world - help get Letters of Note: Vol II to 100%

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Apologies for my radio silence, I've been hard at work writing so that we can get the new book out in time for Christmas. I want to wish a huge heartfelt thank you to the 1,117 people who have pledged for Letters of Note: Volume II and helped it reach 74% of its required funding so far.

I'm extremely happy to share with you all that the book is now complete. These entertaining, unusual and inspiring…

Linda Shoare
Linda Shoare asked:

Hi Sean. So happy to pledge. Can you tell me if there is a deadline as I want to check back in later to see if you need any more!
Linda Shoare

Shaun Usher
Shaun Usher replied:

Hi Linda,
That's really kind of you. There isn't really a deadline as such--basically, when the book is fully-funded, it goes to print. Hopefully that won't be too long.
Huge thanks,
Shaun

Steve Pursglove
Steve Pursglove asked:

Hi Shaun,
I'd love to order a deluxe version of the new book for £30, but it will be a present for my partner, so I'd like her name to be in the book, not mine. Is there a way to organise that, please? It wasn't clear (to me anyway!) from the Unbound site.
Many thanks
Steve

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Steve,

Thanks for getting in touch. To check or change the names in the back just log in and head over to the 'Your Account' page (http://unbound.co.uk/account, or which can be located at the top right hand corner of the site). Here you'll see the icons for all of the books you have supported. Under the icon is the green button 'update the name in the back'. Click this and away you go. If there is anything else I can help you with please so get back in touch via unbound.co.uk/support.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Unbound Community Coordinator

Andrea Cook
Andrea Cook asked:

Hello Shaun,

I'm not sure if I'm reading it correctly or not so can I just clarify that if I opt for the launch party pledge, what is included in 'all of the above'?

Many thanks,

Andrea

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for getting in touch. The launch party level includes everything in the goody bag level, 2 tickets to the launch party and a notepad. If there is anything else we can help you with please get in touch via unbound.co.uk/support.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Rima Patel
Rima Patel asked:

Hello!

I've just pledged for the Letters Live Saturday Special. How do I get details of my tickets? I'm conscious this is only 2 days away! Thank you, Rima

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Rima,

Please check your email, we've sent you a message with information about Saturday's Letters Live.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Helen Jones
Helen Jones asked:

Hello, I have pledged to Letters of Note II and would like my name in the back of the book. Now I want to buy another for a friend and include her name too but it's not obvious how to do that in my account. Sorry to be dim ! Thanks, Helen

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Helen,

Thanks for getting in touch. To check or change the names in the back just log in and head over to the 'Your Account' page (unbound.co.uk/account or which can be located at the top right hand corner of the site). Here you'll see the icons for all of the books you have supported. Under the icon is the green button 'update the name in the back'. Click this and away you go.

If there is anything else we can help you with please get back in touch via unbound.co.uk/support.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Claire McClean
Claire McClean asked:

Hello,

I would like to pledge for 2 $30 editions, but would prefer to only pay 1 $20 shipping cost to Canada. Is this possible and, if so, how should I do it? Pledge for the $30 level and then add additional fund to get it to $60?

Thanks,
Claire

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Claire,

Thanks for getting in touch. We have a £60 'Read with a friend' level which entitles you to two copies of the hardback and two names in the back of the book. If you pledge for this level then the shipping is combined.

If there is anything else we can help you with please get in touch via unbound.co.uk/support.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

susan ko
susan ko asked:

Hi, can you please tell me the difference between the limited and collectable editions? Also, do you know when the launch party will be? I live in the US but scheduled to be in London in October so wondered if somehow the timing might work!
Thanks,
susan

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Susan,

Thanks for getting in touch. If you pledge for the collectable level you will receive a special edition which is signed by Shaun Usher, the author. The books for both levels are the same. We'll have the launch party when the book is published and we're currently aiming for this to be in Autumn 2015. However, as the book isn't yet fully funded, we can't confirm exactly when the party will take place.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

susan ko
susan ko asked:

Sorry, one more question. Do you have any more copies available of the 1st edition of Letter of Note? I would love to purchase both. The original edition is not available in the US. Thanks!

best,
susan

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Susan,

We still have signed copies of the first Letters of Note book available from unbound.co.uk/books/letters-of-note and will have more unsigned copies of the special edition due very shortly.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Nicole Murray
Nicole Murray asked:

Hi Shaun! I got the digital, but is there a way to upgrade my pledge? Thanks!

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Nicole,

Thanks for getting in touch. If you contact us via unbound.co.uk/support then we can let you know you to upgrade your pledge.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Rob Gibbons
Rob Gibbons asked:

Howdy - can I buy more than one copy in a single transaction?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Rob,

Thanks for getting in touch. We have a 'read with a friend' level which includes two copies of the special edition. If you would like to buy more than two copies, please contact us via unbound.co.uk/support and we can discuss the best way to do this.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Ping Margaret Ma
Ping Margaret Ma asked:

Dear Shaun,

I have made two pledges and can't wait for others to bring it up to 100%.

What's the difference between the Collector's and the "ordinary" edition?

Volume 1 - great idea and great book; wish I'd thought of it.

Yours etc.

Soong

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Soong,

Thanks for getting in touch. The collectors edition will be signed by Shaun and the special editions, although they are the same book, will be unsigned. If there is anything else I can help you with please get in touch via unbound.co.uk/support.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Paul Brodrick
Paul Brodrick asked:

Hi I lived Vol 1. Please can you tell me whether if I donate £10 for the Digital option whether my name will be included in all print copies, including those that will eventually be on sale in the high street?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Paul,

Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, if you pledge now your name will be included in all of the editions of the book, including the trade copies. If we can help you with anything else please get in touch via unbound.co.uk/support.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Jan Hamilton
Jan Hamilton asked:

Hi Shaun,

I want to buy four Volume II books--three with different names, one without. I'd like them all shipped to me in Canada to save postage. How do I do this?

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Jan,

Thanks for getting in touch. We have been looking into improving our shipping costs for bulk orders and because the Letters of Note books are so heavy the the best way for you to order three copies at the best price is to order the 'read with a friend' level and then the 'hardback' level. I hope that's OK.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Alicia Avina
Alicia Avina asked:

hi, I pledge last week, but i got two charges in my credit card for the same amount. I send an email last week too but I have not answer yet. Could you help me?
thanks

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for getting in touch. Someone from our support team has been in touch with you about this.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Lare Becker
Lare Becker asked:

Hi,

Any chance I could still edit the name(s) in the back of the book? I pledged/ordered several months ago and didn't know the names until just now.

Thank you,
Lare B.

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Lare,

Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, as the book has now gone to the printers, we cannot change any names in the back. We sent an email to all supporters who pledged before the deadline making sure they double checked the name in the back before we closed the list, so we're sorry if you missed this. If there is anything else I can help you with please contact us via unbound.co.uk/support.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Marguerite Chew
Marguerite Chew asked:

Hello!

Are there plans for producing a Volume I and Volume II set?

Thank you,
YQ

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Marguerite,

Thanks for your message. This is certainly something we're looking into, and we'll hopefully we can let you know in a few weeks.

Many thanks,

Hannah

Andy Dudley
Andy Dudley asked:

Hi,

I received an email from UKMail saying that my book was on it's way, however I have not received it. I checked the tracking and it simply says 'delayed'. I have emailed UKMail to enquire what this means but they haven't got back to me. Do you know what is going on please?

PS - I wish you hadn't used UKMail as your courier. I have always had issues with them and they are the least helpful and most unfriendly courier company I have ever had the misfortune to deal with as a recipient.

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Andy,

Sorry to hear you've been having some trouble with UK Mail. Please can you email us about this via unbound.co.uk/support and we can look into this with our distributor.

Many thanks,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

Sean O'Donnell
Sean O'Donnell asked:

Hello!

Just wondering (I'm US-based), should we expect to receive a tracking number from Royal Mail, or is this only for the UK Mail recipients?

Thanks!
Sean

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Sean,

We've found that some orders are still arriving in the states, but please email us via unbound.co.uk/support if you still haven't got yours and we can follow this up with our warehouse.

Thanks,

Caitlin - Community & Events Manager

Michael Franke
Michael Franke asked:

Dear Sean, dear Unbound team

I bought and convinced others to buy More Letters of Note. Now I have another person I dearly would like to buy one for. I see all versions are sold out; is there any chance of a reprint, or of the discovery of an unclaimed copy?

Regards
Michael Franke

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Michael,

We're afraid that we've completely sold out of the special edition of More Letters of Note, but if we do a re-print we'll be sure to let you know.

Best wishes,

Unbound Support

Michael Franke
Michael Franke asked:

Hi. YES Please Let me know when the Letters I and II are expected!!! Definitely putting my name down for that one

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Michael,

You can buy copies of the special edition of Letters of Note and Lists of Note from the project pages on our website: https://unbound.co.uk/books/letters-of-note and https://unbound.co.uk/books/lists-of-note.

Best wishes,

Unbound Support

Judy Whittaker
Judy Whittaker asked:

Hi,

I ordered a hardback copy of LoN ii on 12th October, but the status still seems to be awaiting dispatch. Please could you let me know when it might be sent? It was a gift for a birthday which is fast-approaching.

Thanks
Judy

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Judy,

Thanks for getting in touch. You should have received an email from Unbound with your UK Mail tracking details and I can see from this that your order is due to be delivered today. Please check your inbox and your spam folder if you haven't seen this yet.

If you have any more issues the best place to contact us about things like this is via support@unbound.com.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Manager

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