Best Books of 2021 | Letters to Michael

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‘“As you grow older you will find that good books can be some of your best friends,” wrote Charles Phillipson to his son Michael, in 1947. Letters to Michael bears out the truth of that fatherly counsel.

Phillipson first began drawing when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – and, despite his illness, never stopped writing to his son. Marvellously decorated with characterful pen-and-ink drawings, Letters to Michael is testament to a bygone era when snow fell thick, real pennies were squirrelled in plum puddings and letter-writing sketched the true contours of a relationship.’

The Telegraph Books team recommend this year’s essential reading, just in time for Christmas.

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