Quentin Bryce, Australia’s former (and first female) governor-general, wrote over 50 letters a week as part of her official role, to and from school children, prime ministers, sheep (yes, sheep), retired servicepeople, doctors, bus drivers and friends.
This book compiles facsimile letters, transcripts, photographs, and Ms Bryce’s commentaries on the people and correspondents she met. Her tone is warm, and the tone of the letters ranges from sensitive (discussing military history) to hilarious. One child wrote to suggest a lucky dip for prime minister, another wrote to say that their new bull calf had been named after her.
It’s a beautiful hardback edition, with colour photos and facsimiles throughout, and makes a beautiful gift.
Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General – Quentin Bryce – Miegunyah Press – HB – $45