Before the Internet

Before the Internet

The Fergus Letters 1965–2007

Michael Fergus


This book is based on 31 files containing over 8,000 letters.

  • New title
  • ISBN 9781800421059
  • Published Jun 2021
  • Hardback
    210 x 135mm (320 pages)


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The Internet and correspondence by e-mail came into general use about the year 2005. Before that correspondence was by letter (or occasionally, telex or telegram). Michael Fergus and his father David corresponded by letter for 40 years between 1965 and 2007. They kept copies of almost all their correspondence which amounted to about 8,000 letters. This thus represents one of the last, large correspondences Before the Internet.

Michael wrote to his father from over 90 countries. He has used some of these letters to write 129 brief ‘fragments’ which describe memorable characters, striking events, dangerous cities, frightening encounters, strange sports and much else from most corners of the world. The book gives a comprehensive account of what it was like to be an observant business traveller towards the end of the 20th century.

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