Follow up in the best-selling series of Unpublished Letters, this is another hilarious annual review made up of the wry and astute observations of the unpublished Telegraph letter writers. Readers of the Telegraph Letters Page will be fondly aware of the eclectic combination of learned wisdom, wistful nostalgia and robust good sense that characterise its correspondence. In a year in which even the most seasoned commentators hav struggled to keep pace with the news cycle, letter writers to The Daily Telegraph have once again provided their own refreshing take on events – whether comparing freedom of movement in the EU to a traffic jam in Waitrose car park or renouncing the Archers in favour of the more gripping Westminster soap opera. From politics to Poldark, Rhodes to Rooney, Trump to Top Gear, Cameron to Corbyn, no one escapes their hilariously whimsical musings. Baffled, furious, defiant, mischievous, the readers inveigh and speculate on every subject under the sun, proving, once again, that the Telegraph’s letter writers have an astute sense of what really matters.
Iain Hollingshead spent two years on the Letters to the Editor desk before becoming a full-time feature writer for The Daily Telegraph. His more serious assignments have included reporting on the student riots in London and interviewing everyone from Michael Atherton to Gurkha veterans to a member of Seal Team Six, the elite unit which killed Osama bin Laden. His less serious assignments have included taking a bath in Las Vegas with six albino rabbits, spending three days behind the scenes at the Miss England competition, camping outside Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding, eating in five Michelin starred restaurants in one day, learning to flirt in Pizza Express, learning to Dance in Mamma Mia!, performing stand-up comedy to 300 eight-year-olds, training with the Royal Marines, climbing into a Spitfire and experiencing a Brighton nudist beach first hand. He now writes freelance for the paper. He has edited four bestselling collections of unpublished letters from the Daily Telegraph for Aurum.