'The Lost Letters of William Woolf' is a cracking debut from a young Irish author that’s perfect holiday material.
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.
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This little wonder is set in London’s Dead Letter Office – the place where all mail that can’t be delivered as intended ends up. A place where “detectives” like William try to trace down where those letters really belong. I’ll readily admit that I had no idea what to expect when it arrived. I thought maybe actual detective story, some crime, maybe a bit of the supernatural?
Instead, it’s a much simpler story, about being in love for a while, being sure about that person and your relationship, and then starting to ask questions of that relationship. About whether the other person is your “great love”, whether such a thing even exists, and, if it does, how do you find it with almost no idea where to start?
Again, another cracking debut from a young Irish author that’s perfect holiday material.
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Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London. Helen holds an M.A. Theatre Studies from UCD and is currently completing an M.A. English Literature at Brunel University. Helen is now writing full-time and working on her second novel.
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