‘A curious, astute and entertaining collection of famous unsent, unreceived (and a few unwritten) letters in history and literature… Some of the most heartbreaking are imaginary… But others still, wild and dashed-off as they might seem, are literature of the highest order… This utterly original compilation takes in Saul Bellow’s manic letter-writer Moses Herzog, television’s The Young Ones and the wily response of John F Kennedy to Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis… A charming book, witty, original and wise’ Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

‘A perfect Christmas present’ in Five of the Most Compelling New Reads this Season’ Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine

‘[A] gloriously varied collection… Within these fascinating pages jostle Beethoven, John F. Kennedy, Van Gogh, Boris Johnson, Oscar Wilde, John Major and more — all putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and then thinking better of it.’ Bel Mooney, Daily Mail


The Strange Destiny of the Unsent Letter

Caroline Atkins


These days the news is full of the latest reckless and incendiary tweet that cannot be stopped or taken back…

‘What a Hazard a Letter is. . .’ wrote Emily Dickinson, thinking of ‘the Hearts it has scuttled and sunk’. Once sent, a letter is like a depth charge dropped into the future, into other people’s lives.

But what if, once written, a letter is not sent – or never arrives?

What a Hazard a Letter is is the first book to look at the strange phenomenon of the unsent letter. It collects together some of the most remarkable examples ever written, in literature and in history, and explores the fascinating reasons why they came to be unsent, and the consequences – sometimes farcical, sometimes agonisingly poignant, and sometimes actually changing the course of history.

From Ian McEwan to Iris Murdoch, Abraham Lincoln to Ernest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf to Van Gogh

Magnificent tirades written in a red mist and mercifully unsent

Letters whose non-arrival sends a novel’s plot careering down a new track

Tender expressions of love that never quite got said

 September 2018         £14.99

Buy What A Hazard a Letter is




Birdwatching London

‘I honestly cannot push this enough - this is a stunning book. Beautiful pictures.’ BBC Radio London

‘A great guide for the amateur birder, an ornithological tour of the capital’s woodlands, wetlands, parks and post-industrial backwaters.’ Wild London

‘A lovely, almost pocket-sized, guide to the best birding sites in the London area that will encourage more of us to see beyond our city into the woods, wetlands and grasslands where a whole new world of birdwatching awaits us.’ Surfbirds


Snow Stopped Play

‘Delightful’, Daily Telegraph
‘Charming’, Daily Mail
‘Beautiful’, All-Out Cricket



The Kings of Summer

‘An inspiring account by Duncan Hamilton of the gripping match at Lord’s last September in which the County Championship was decided at the wire between Middlesex and Yorkshire.’ Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph
‘A lovely extended essay.’ Michael Henderson, The Times
‘A little classic of the game.’ Chris Waters, Yorkshire Post


London's Street Trees

'For someone like me who is not a natural naturalist, the book reveals a previously unconsidered world situated just outside the front door, or at most only a bus ride away.' Ian Jack, Guardian

'A brilliant book that will appeal to everyone. It's very definitely a worthy celebration of the urban forest.' British Wildlife