The first edition of Thompson’s famous book ‘On Growth and Form’ appeared in 1917. It has subsequently been regarded as a foundational work in mathematical biology and a revolutionary contribution to the field of morphology. Most existing literature credits Thompson as a lone genius who produced the 793 pages of the 1917 edition and 1116 pages of the 1942 edition. Thompson’s correspondence presents a very different picture of this tome as one arising from extensive and ongoing – perhaps sometimes unwitting? – collaboration.