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Speeches of Note

Artwork from ‘Speeches of Note’ by Shaun Usher, published by Hutchinson and fully illustrated by Matthew throughout. The book is an eclectic collection of the world’s greatest speeches. While some speeches are heard by millions, some remain hidden and unspoken, such as President Nixon’s chilling public announcement should Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become stranded on the Moon.

Illustrated speeches include Tilda Swinton’s tribute to ‘every alien’s favourite cousin’, David Bowie; African-American abolitionist, Frederick Douglass’ speech to the Rochester Anti-Slavery Society, and the maiden Parliamentary speech by Mhairi Black, Britain’s youngest MP since 1667, lambasting the Conservative government’s treatment of the country’s poorest.

Shown here: ‘This is your Everest’ Jim Telfer’s 1997 speech to the British & Irish Lions rugby squad before their match with South Africa