Letters of Love

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The Alannah & Madeline Foundation presents Letters of Love: Words from the Heart Penned by Prominent Australians



Love comes in many forms, whether it be the love of a parent, a partner or a friend; loving one’s self, one’s country or even a precious memento.

In the book Letters of Love, prominent Australians share their own words from the heart.
From sports stars and TV personalities to High Court judges and CEOs, the book is full of words of hope, love and reflections from remarkable Australians including: Neil Mitchell AO, John Bertrand AO, Rex Hunt, Leigh Sales, Tim Costello AO, Layne Beachley AO, Cameron Daddo, Dan Jackson, Walter Mikac, Jimmy Barnes, Julian Burnside AO QC, John Bell  AO OBE, Jamila Rizvi, Michael Kirby AC CMG, Melissa Doyle AM and Caitlin Figuiredo.

This diverse and engaging collection includes Cameron
Daddo’s reminder to his 80-year-old self to stay flexible, Jamila Rizvi imploring her beloved toddler to stop growing up, Layne Beachley’s letter of gratitude to her pillar of strength; her adoptive father, Leigh Sales’ and Melissa Doyle’s candid and touching letters to their children, Jimmy Barnes’ homage to music and Julian Burnside’s impassioned plea to a future Australia.

“It’s quite a collection between the covers… about what is best in the human heart. Let’s hope it can be a good example of better communication in people’s lives, leading to better relationships and a more peaceful world.” Ron Barassi AM

“This book was inspired by letters and drawings by Alannah. There were so many pictures she’d drawn in her school file of herself, her sister and the whole family,” Founding Patron Walter Mikac said.


“They gave me some solace along the way.


“This book is about sharing love, especially to those people close to you. It’s not until you don’t have those people around that you realise how much it means.”

Letters of Love
is a candid, funny and touching reminder of the power of love. 

The release of this book coincides with the 20th anniversary of the
Alannah & Madeline Foundation. It was published by Affirm Press and is available for purchase from Target, Readings, Coventry Street Bookstore, Booktopia online and other book stores.

All profits from the sale of the book will go back to the Foundation and its work to keep children safe from violence and bullying.

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