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Many readers will know what it is to come upon the handwriting of someone they once cared for who is now dead, and to feel the shock of proximity. As much as any photograph, and more than any sound or video recording, handwriting can bring back to us the essential character of a person.

I am disturbed by the rumours I’m hearing about schools ceasing to teach cursive writing to students.  We will become a nation of printers and how boring is that. The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher should be mandatory reading for those close-minded school curriculum administrators. Read a frank and balanced review of Hensher’s book by John Mullan for the Guardian here.