Postcard From the Past

Fourth Estate

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Tom Jackson

Softcover | 20.8 x 1.3 x 15 cm | 176 pp

Fourth Estate | 2019 | 9780008351816

Introduction by Mark Haddon

In Postcard From The Past, Tom Jackson has gathered a collection of the funniest, weirdest and most moving real messages from the backs of old postcards.

Resurrecting these postcards, relics of forgotten times and forgotten holidays, was the simplest and most brilliant idea. Tom Jackson combines the images with just a few of the words scribbled on the back, and his eye for the choice sentence, the perfect phrase, is miraculous. Thanks to his assiduous, obsessive work as collector and curator, each one of these postcards becomes a poem, a short story, an elegy for lost England, a work of art' Jonathan Coe

A deadpan miscellany of wan nostalgia, profound melancholy, stoic humour and inexplicable dread. The necessary survival text for post-Brexit Britain. Andrew Male

Brilliant and hilarious . Jeremy Dyson, The League of Gentlemen

Each card is like an unfinished one act play. I find myself filling in the blanks. Adrian Edmondson

The bleak yet beautiful poetry of people at their leisure is a joy to read. Phill Jupitus

A gorgeous pre-Twitter look at life through a holiday lens. Jenny Eclair

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