Review: Letters to My Younger Self by Jane Graham

Title: Letters to My Younger Self – The Big Issue Presents…100 Inspiring People on the Moments That Shaped Their Lives

Author: Jane Graham (ed.)

Pages: 448 Pages

Publisher: Blink Publishing

The Blurb

If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would it say?

Over 10 years ago, The Big Issue began to ask some of the best-known, most interesting and most successful figures in entertainment, politics, food, sport and business to give advice, offer hope and share a few jokes with their younger selves. They opened up, in ways they never had, to interviewer Jane Graham, reflecting on their lives and themselves with affection, sympathy and sometimes disbelief.

This collection of 100 of the most incredible letters includes Paul McCartney on how he found inspiration, Olivia Colman on overcoming confidence problems, Mo Farah on the importance of losing, Arianna Huffington on knowing your motivations, Jamie Oliver on trusting your instinct and many, many more, including Rod StewartMargaret AtwoodBuzz AldrinDavid CameronEddie IzzardDesmond TutuNeil GaimanRuby WaxRanulph Fiennes, Tracey EminIan McEwanMichael PalinMelanie CTim PeakeDionne Warwick and Ewan McGregor.

Letter to My Younger Self is a revelatory and profound exploration into the wit and wisdom that age brings, and of the unique insights that looking back can reveal.

Proceeds from the sales of this book go to The Big Issue to continue their work dismantling poverty and promoting social justice.


The Review

If I wrote a letter to my younger self there is so much I would tell myself. I would tell myself to get my stomach problems checked out earlier, not to obsess about silly boys so much as that will always work out, and that badger stripes in my hair is not and will never be a good look.

In Letters to My Younger Self we have letters written by 100 famous and inspiring people. The letters that have been written are a lot less glib than mine above and they were interesting to read little snippets into the lives of celebrities.

The most important thing is that a large portion of the sales of this book go to helping the homeless.

Letters to My Younger Self – The Big Issue Presents…100 Inspiring People on the Moments That Shaped Their Lives by Jane Graham is available now.

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