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SUMMARY The Lost Letters of William Woolf

The Lost Letters of William Woolf

SHORTLISTED FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR IRISH BOOK AWARDS'If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut This life affirming book will draw you in and keep you there' Independent 'Delightful' Sunday Times'Deeply moving' Irish Times'I found myself totally transported into William's poignant and beguiling world of lost opportunities and love' A J Pearce author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Mrs Bird Inside East London's Dead. NOW AVAILABLE A time it was and what a time it was it wasA time of innocenceA time of confidences Long ago it must beI have a photographPreserve your memoriesThey re all that s left you Old Friends Bookends Simon and Garfunkel Songwriters Paul Simon More than kisses letters mingle souls Letters with no address belonging to the sender and a missing or unclear destination are lucky if they end up in East London s Dead Letters Depot it is their last hope Inside the walls are thirty letter detectives who try to put together whatever clues they can to see that this mail finds a way to its intended destination William Woolf has worked there for eleven years since 1979 inheriting his position from his uncle a man who filled his head with the stories found in missives that may or may not have ever found their way to the hands meant to receive them He filled his notebooks as a child with these stories so in the course of time these stories became somewhat of an obsession for him These letters the mysteries inside these letters that lie inside these walls they speak to his soul It was the letters to God to mythics and mystics to the other that haunted William and formed the basis of his work He had started collecting his favorites in the filing cabinets that lined the echoing Supernatural Division He painstakingly typed out those he wanted to include in the volume and took photographs of the original documents In his mind s eye he saw the two laid side by side on glossy ivory pages within hard covers the book entitled A Volume of Lost Letters When he finds a midnight blue envelope with handwriting of curls and spirals dramatic capitals carefully crafted lowercase letters all in a dripping silver ink and sees it is addressed only to My Great Love he can t resist slipping it inside his pocket and although he s never taken one home with him before he feels he needs to read this without the eyes of others on him somewhere private Maybe this is the year you will find me I hope so I have been saving up so many stories to tell you and I m worried that if you stay away much longer they will all have slipped from my memory I ve forgotten so much already Are you hiding somewhere Are you lost Do you not feel read I wish you would hurry And so it begins There are other letters some of which make their way to the intended recipient thanks to his fine detective work and those are personal as well Stories to make your heart melt a little Some are poignant than others but this is where this story really shinesWilliam is married to Clare who is at a stage in life where she is taking pole dancing classes to ward off her pear shaped posterior Clare seems to resent William s ability to be content in his going nowhere job she can barely recall their initial attraction and now that all these years have passed it seems as though they are living separate lives together I had wanted to love this and I did love parts of this but sometimes the story of William and Clare his viewpoints and her viewpoints took me away from what were for me the best parts of this story Several times I debated if I wanted to continue reading this especially when I was reading Clare s thoughts Clare is struggling with her marriage her feelings about William s lack of desire for money bigger houses of everything really Dissatisfied with life her marriage she can only see a future with Without that promise she may choose a different path without William William is struggling with Clare s indifference to him and their marriageThe ending felt both rushed and inadeuate to me but it may work better for others I didn t expect or even want a tidy ending with everything tied up with a neat bow but I wanted the ending to have just a bit substance Pub Date 01 JUN 2019 Kindle 12 JUL 2018 Paperback 02 OCT 2018 Audio 03 OCT 2018 Library BindingMany thanks for the ARC provided by HARLEUIN Graydon House Books US Canada Graydon House

REVIEW ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ò Helen Cullen

Ut what about his troubled marriageWilliam must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve the mystery of his own heartAs heard on BBC Radio 2 The Steve Wright Show 'An enchanting contribution to the popular new trend of up lit such as Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' Irish Times'Captivates William has what seems to be the best job in the world Honest yet lyrical Cullen's characters are drawn with sympathy Lose yourself' The Scotsma. I loved the premise of this book The idea that there are people who are willing to take the time to get lost post back to the rightful owners is a lovely one and I do hope there is a Dead Letters depot somewhere Some of the personal stories behind the post were beautiful to read about and uite emotional at times when you read about the intended recipient finally opening their post There was a bit of a nostalgic uality to the book as letters are a bit of a rarity these days as is sending some of the items that are mentioned through the post It made me a little wistful for the simple joy of a hand written letter addressed to youWilliam is an interesting character He is a little bit of a loner a bit geeky and a bit of a dreamer He loves the idea of happy endings which is what drew him to the job and motivates him to return the post to the right person His little routines and idiosyncrasies were very sweet and heartwarming to read about It definitely made me warm to himThe journey he undertakes to find the women who wrote the my great love letters was an interesting one I did enjoy reading about his travels and the interesting people he meets on his way who all seem to have their own stories to tell which really added to the story I did feel a little cross with William for going on the journey as I felt he was being a little unfair on all involved chasing a dream whilst still married Even if that marriage is going through a bit of a rough patchFor me this wasn t a particularly fast paced book but that doesn t matter as the reader is soon absorbed in William s story and his internal fight over which women his wife or the mysterious letter writer he s going to choose I felt that I wanted to keep reading to find out about William and to find out how the story endsThis is Helen s debut novel and I will look forward to reading from her in the future If you like The Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry you ll like this story as I felt they were similarHuge thanks to Gaby Young for my copy of this book and to Katie Ashworth for inviting me onto the blog tour If you like sweet nostalgic stories about someone finding themselves then you ll love this book

Helen Cullen Ò 7 CHARACTERS

Letters Depot William Woolf unites lost mail with its intended recipient White mice a miniature grandfather clock and a full suit of armour are among the unusual items lost then found thanks to William's detective workBut when he discovers a series of letters addressed only to 'My Great Love' everything changes Written by Winter to a soulmate she hasn't yet met her heartfelt words stir William in ways he has long forgotten Could they be destined for him B. A great idea with sub par executionI honestly thought I was going to love this one But I don t think I ve ever read another contemporary novel so slow And for such a slow pacing you d think there s a full resolve at the end But no there s no concrete ending at all The writing was okay but it dragged on so much I had to skim some parts Otherwise I might have uit reading it altogetherWould not recommend it if you re looking for a uick and relaxing read The slowness was almost stressing me out

  • Paperback
  • 416
  • The Lost Letters of William Woolf
  • Helen Cullen
  • en
  • 14 January 2018
  • 9781405934954

About the Author: Helen Cullen

Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London She worked at RTE Ireland’s national broadcaster for seven years before moving to London in 2010 In the UK Helen established a career as an events and engagement specialist before joining the Google UK marketing team in 2015The first draft of her debut novel THE LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF was written while completing the GuardianUEA novel



10 thoughts on “The Lost Letters of William Woolf

  1. says:

    NOW AVAILABLE ”A time it was and what a time it was it wasA time of innocenceA time of confidences“Long ago it must beI have a photographPreserve your memoriesThey're all that's left you” Old Friends Bookends

  2. says:

    Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solvin

  3. says:

    I found the premise of this story to be fascinating and brilliant William Woolf works at the Dead Letters Depot as a letter detective

  4. says:

    William works as a letter detective in the Dead Letters Depot in East London Each day he deals with letters with missing postcodes letters wrongly addressed writing that is illegible and various letters and parcels with no return address As a young man it is not what he saw himself doing When he first met Clare he had g

  5. says:

    35⭐️Up until the last few chapters this was a solid 4 star read Then it became somewhat cheesy and annoyingly a bit too convenient

  6. says:

    A great idea with sub par executionI honestly thought I was going to love this one But I don't think I've ever read another contemporary novel so slow And for such a slow pacing you'd think there's a full resolve at the end But no there's no concrete ending at all The writing was okay but it dragged on so much I had to skim some parts Otherwise I might have uit reading it altogetherWould not recommend it if you're looking for a uick and r

  7. says:

    I loved the premise of this book The idea that there are people who are willing to take the time to get lost post back to the rightful owners is a lovely one and I do hope there is a Dead Letters depot somewhere  Some of the personal stories behind the post were beautiful to read about and uite emotional at times when you read about the intended recipient finally opening their post  There was a bit of a nostalgic uality to the

  8. says:

    Letter writing is a sadly a dying art nowadays and one that I have to admit to missing terribly although my dad

  9. says:

    The Lost Letters of William Woolf provides sanctuary to abandoned words and a voice so second chances might be heard I was swept along on its trail of serendipity while it healed hearts and broke others in its wake One of the ‘Post Office Poirots’ is as the title would suggest William Woolf He works at the Dead Lett

  10. says:

    I read this in the bank holiday sunshine and whilst it's not a Booktrail book it's set in London but that's about it the real setting

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