Monday, 23 November 2009

Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self edited by Joseph Galliano

From Amazon: In Dear Me, some of the world's best loved personalities have written just such a letter. Dear Me includes letters from three knights, a handful of Oscar winners, a bevy of Baftas, an intrepid explorer, a few teenage pop stars, and an Archbishop! The letters range from the compassionate to the shocking via hilarity and heartbreak, but they all have one thing in common: they offer a unique insight into the teenager who would grow up to be.

Dear Me is a unique book. It's funny and nostalgic, and is written by a fantastic compilation of the world's biggest personalities.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to relive your early years knowing what you know now? Or to be able to contact yourself in the past, and give some friendly advice? If you've thought about either of these, you need to read this book. Not only are the featured celebrities frank and painfully honest, they're also thoroughly entertaining in their letters, notes and lists. I laughed out loud at Jonathan Ross and Alan Carr's entries, and Betty Smith's talk of a World War immediately struck a chord with me.

These people have all done so much, and to read about their advice for themselves is both comforting and reassuring. They obviously had normal worries and fears at age sixteen, and for them to share this so openly is brilliant. They really do put your mind at ease, and they all show you that dreams aren't always as unattainable as we think.

Dear Me is a great book for any age, and is perfect for fans of humour and autobiographies. You get to laugh uncontrollably, learn about life and get a glimpse into the minds of some highly influential and entertaining people. £1 from the sale of each copy goes to Elton John's AIDS Foundation, and is just one of the many good reasons to buy this book.


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I think I'm going to have to get this. I read a little of Stephen Fry's one in Waterstone's and it nearly made me buy it!

I Want To Read That said...

I been looking at this at work - it looks really interesting. Thanks for the review:)

Jo said...

Awesome review, Jenny! I've seen some of the excerpts from the book, Jonathan Ross' and Alan Carr's were hilarious! I so want this book!

alexwolfchan said...

I can just tell that this book be brilliant.

My English teacher made us write a letter to our selves, then he mail the letters to us near graduation, and we get to reflect on what we had done for ourselves (and realize how much we can change).

I would love to get a copy of this in my hands. Amazon US says it out of copies so I need to look at only sellers.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

This one looks awesome, Loved your review! :) Think I might just have to pick this one up!

Joseph Galliano said...

Thank you so much for your lovely review here - I felt exactly the same about the contributions we received. When I set out on this project, I did not know what the quality of the material would be like. I was repeatedly bowled over by the depth and honesty of the letters people sent in. This has also been mirrored on where we have been posting letters by members of the public.

Joseph Galliano
Editor: Dear Me

Lenore said...

I need to write a letter of my own! This is such a fun idea.

Val Rutt said...

I've had a copy of this book for a few weeks now and I keep going back to it for all the reasons you describe - your review is pitch perfect. It looks like the sort of gift book that you see lots of at this time of year but it's much more than that - really worth owning and keeping.