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A collection of the letters from the hugely popular Women of Letters literary events, featuring a wide range of Australian talent, including writers, musicians, politicians, comedians and actors.

In a world of the short and swift, of texts and Twitter, there's something of special value about a carefully composed letter.

In homage to this most civilised of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire created the literary afternoons of Women of Letters. Some of Australia's finest dames of stage, screen and page have delivered missives on a series of themes, collected here for the first time. Claudia Karvan sends 'A love letter' to love itself, Helen Garner contacts ghosts of her past in 'The letter I wish I'd written', Noni Hazlehurst dispatches a stinging rebuke 'To my first boss', and Megan Washington pays tribute to her city and community as she writes 'To the best present I ever received'.

And some gentlemen correspondents – including Paul Kelly, Eddie Perfect and Bob Ellis – have been invited to put pen to paper in a letter 'To the woman who changed my life'.

By turns hilarious, moving and outrageous, this is a diverse and captivating tribute to the art of letter writing.

All royalties for this book will go to Edgar's Mission animal rescue shelter.


Readers of all ages will get a glimpse of themselves in this surprising, thoughtful, funny and inspiring book, which deserves to find a place in everyone's home.

Bookseller + Publisher

This is an excellent holiday read, full of humour and feeling.

Sydney Morning Herald

Women of Letters offers a joyous bounty of many voices, writing styles, laughs and regrets. Having read this book, I feel as though I know humans and their various conditions much better.

Weekend Australian

This book is worthwhile not simply because of the often beautiful writing within its pages, but because it showcases the wealth of incredible female (and a few male!) writers and artists we have in Australia, both established and emerging. There are so few outlets to collate the work of such a wonderfully eclectic mix of writers, politicians, singers, comedians, actors et al. I look forward to many more volumes.

Bethanie Blanchard, Crikey

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 31, 2011


    416 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    September 28, 2011

    Penguin eBooks

    420 pages

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