Book review: The Missing Ink, By Philip Hensher
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 15 November 2013
Those who deny that the portable screen age is not anathema to the handwriting habit have only to remember Gordon Brown's scrawl in a letter of condolence to a dead soldier's mother.
Hensher's entertaining and erudite campaign to bring handwriting back from the brink includes this ignominous illustration of how it is still, and always will be, important.
Part cultural analysis, part social history, this quirky and readable book takes in everything from the battle of the scripts in Nazi Germany to graphology, combining impish humour with learning and an eloquent turn of phrase.
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