Letters from Vincent van Gogh can be found in The Magic of Handwriting. Photo: Alamy

From Van Gogh to Walt Disney, The Magic of Handwriting showcases intimate letters from the past

  • Book features 140 examples of penmanship spanning 900 years from the private collection of Brazilian art historian
  • Included are handwritten letters from a seven-year-old who would become Britain’s Queen Victoria, and Albert Einstein being critical of Sigmund Freud
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Letters from Vincent van Gogh can be found in The Magic of Handwriting. Photo: Alamy
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Andrew Shaw, author of Jade Life: An Englishman’s Love Affair with China’s National Treasure, at work in Suzhou, China. Photo: Andrew Shaw

Jade: how an Englishman fell under spell of the stone and learned Chinese so he could learn to carve it

  • Former BBC reporter Andrew Shaw gave up his career in journalism and life in England to become the only foreign master jade carver in China
  • In a new book, he describes the lengths he went to in his quest, from learning the craft to mastering the Chinese language
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Andrew Shaw, author of Jade Life: An Englishman’s Love Affair with China’s National Treasure, at work in Suzhou, China. Photo: Andrew Shaw
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