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The Lost Letters of William Woolf

"More than kisses, letters mingle souls" - John Donne.

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 simply to 'My Great Love', however, his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to the soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives capture William's heart in ways he didn't know possible, and soon he begins to wonder: Are these letters truly lost? Or might he be the intended recipient-could he be her great love?

Torn between his love and commitment to his wife and his romantic idealism, William must of follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

This novel meditates on the lost art, and power, of letter-writing. It is concerned with the juxtaposition that often exists between the portrayal of romantic love in the media and the arts and the pragmatic reality of sustaining a committed relationship over a long period of time. In the Dead Letters Depot, these notions of magic and realism collide on a daily basis and William's story unfolds. 

 

Helen’s debut novel ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ is available now:

Publisher: Penguin Random House

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‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ will also be published in the following territories:

America and Canada: Graydon House

Available for preorder now:

Germany: Wunderraum

 

Italy: Nord Publishing House, Mauri Spagnol (GeMS)

 

Israel: Penn Publishing

 

Greece: Klidarithmos Publications