This week in books: Susan Hill, Alex Miller, and Seamus Heaney’s last poem



'I don't really do jolly. I don't know why, I just don't' … Susan Hill. Photograph: Graeme Robertson “We have been mourning the death of letter writing for almost two centuries. Certainly our grieving began before the telephone, fax or email; for many it started in 1840, with the adhesive stamp and universal penny postage, when the elite believed it would lead to the cheapening of an art form best left to the professionals. It has apparently been dying ever since.” In an affectionate piece in praise of the letter, Simon Garfield argues that there has been a contemporary flowering of letters... read more

 
27 October 2013 in Showbiz, Views: 22
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