Lists of Note is a collection of 125 of the world's most fascinating lists—a follow-up to the bestselling Letters of Note.
Humans have been making lists for even longer than they've been writing letters. They are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations; likes and dislikes; rules for living and loving; records of our memories and reminders of the things we want to do before we die. As with Letters of Note, I have trawled the world's archives to produce a rich visual anthology that stretches from ancient times to present day. Lists of Note is a constantly surprising A-Z of what makes us human. In its pages you'll find 125 lists with facsimiles or illustrations, including:
- A shopping list written by two 9th-century Tibetan monks.
- A handwritten list of the BFG's favourite words by Roald Dahl.
- 19 year-old Isaac Newton's list of the 57 sins he'd already committed.
- Galileo's list of parts needed to build his telescope.
- Einstein's punitive list of conditions imposed on his first wife.
- 29-year-old Marilyn Monroe's inspirational set of New Year's resolutions.
- Martin Luther King's advice for black people starting to use buses.
- Johnny Cash's list of 'things to do today'.
- Michelangelo's illustrated shopping list.
- Advice for 'chick rockers' by Chrissie Hynde.
WHERE TO BUY:
There are two editions of the Lists of Note book available in the UK...
a) The first, a special limited edition--pictured above--was crowdfunded by hundreds of lovely people, is published by UNBOUND, and can be bought here. It is a magnificent thing.
b) Then, the trade edition, pictured below, which can be bought in shops from October 2nd. Speak to your local bookshop; they'll be happy to help. Failing that, it will also be available from the usual suspects such as Waterstones and Amazon. More photos of that edition can be found here.