Even better letters

“Letters of Note: Volume II” features notable correspondence from John Lennon, seen here with his Beatles bandmates and Ed Sullivan in 1964. Image: National Portrait Gallery

In the digital age, a British blogger is helping people rediscover the beauty of letter writing.

Shaun Usher has published Letters of Note: Volume II, a sequel to his 2014 bestseller showcasing notable letters, postcards and other mailpieces.

The new book, which was released this month, contains 125 letters that span centuries and places.

Highlights include a request from John Lennon to Eric Clapton to join his new band and heartbreaking notes written by passengers on Japan Airlines Flight 123 minutes before its 1985 crash.

Other letters come from Florence Nightingale, Alan Turing, Norman Mailer, Che Guevara and Marge Simpson.

The selections in the second book are “even stronger and more varied than the first,” Usher writes on crowdfunding publishing site Unbound.

The books are inspired by Usher’s blog Letters of Note, which is updated daily with letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos written by both well-known figures and everyday people.