Will Hobson says: This is a book of Van Gogh’s letters to Theo: Van Gogh, for example, at 19, trying to work out what to do with himself, recommending to Theo to smoke a pipe – very good to cheer yourself up if you’re in bad spirits, as Van Gogh often was. It took him a long time to work out what to do. He tried being an art dealer and a lay preacher and other things. And then Theo encouraged him to paint. Van Gogh obviously felt so comforted and loved by his brother. His letters are amazing, and he says everything that he’s trying to do in his art, and what he thought about other painters; what he thought about the technical process and the practicalities of that, and then all his feelings and hopes and loneliness and struggles. It’s just a very brilliant example of somebody having someone in their lives they can communicate with.