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A beautiful debut. Before I read a single word I was sold on it because the idea of someone being a letter detective is fascinating to me. Their days are spent solving mysteries: missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names are just a few of the puzzles that face them daily.
William Woolf is the letter detective who becomes obsessed with the letters that arrive in the Dead Letters Depot in East London. The other characters in the novel are the other writers of letters; each letter creates a whole new character in the book. A mystical place, a myriad of stories, where reality and magic collide. The letters bring the internal emotional world into the open. Playful and profound.
Lost letters have only one hope for survival... Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries: Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names - they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers. When William discovers letters addressed simplyto 'My Great Love' his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn't know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love? William must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.
Closing date: 03/12/2020
A novel to get lost in. Warm and funny and set in a world that is both recognisable and completely the talented Helen Cullen's own -- Clare Fisher, author of - All the Good Things
If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Helen Cullen's nostalgic debut. With its themes of love, romance and frustrated hopes, this life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there - Independent
A tale of love, but also self-discovery. Against the backdrop of 1980's London William Woolf weaves his way through this epistolary quest, intercepting midnight-blue love letters he believes are meant for him. Helen Cullen's words stayed with me long after I had read them - Alba Arikha, author of Major/Minor and the forthcoming Where to find me
An enchanting, lyrical page-turner and an ode to London, love, Dublin and everything in between - Joy Rhoades, author of The Woolgrowler's Companion
A love-letter to letters and a brilliantly written, moving homage to the power of words, The Lost Letters of William Woolf celebrates the magic of pen and paper' - Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Little Paris Bookshop'
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||12th July 2018|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Debuts, eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London. The Lost Letters of William Woolf is her debut novel.More About Helen Cullen