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How lockdown revived the handwritten letter

Facing the loneliness of lockdown and endless deluge of bad news from our screens, legions of Britons are reassessing what the letter can do

There is a ritual to letter-writing—and letter-reading, too—that feels sacred. Illustration: Hannah Berry

While you won’t find any majestically old books on my shelves, personal treasures do occasionally materialise, like the notecard that swooped from a slim hardback the other evening. It was embossed with its sender’s name—just as well, since who among us can identify even our closest confidantes by penmanship alone in the age of the instant message?

This six-line missive must have been sitting there for years. It was a rare material reminder of a heady romance that mellowed into precious friendship and, three lockdowns later, feels a lifetime ago. Yes, I’ve texts aplenty—emails, too—but were I to…

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