Reviews for The Lost Letters of William Woolf


"A charming romantic caper. William Woolf, a thirty-something Englishman working in the dead letters depot of London, is the latest in a tribe of unlikely heroes. Delightful” Sunday Times  

“The soul- searching Lost Letters of William Woolf is a must-read” - Stylist

“Enchanting, intriguing, deeply moving. The Lost Letters of William Woolf concerns itself as much with lost love as it does with lost letters”- Irish Times

“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

“Wonderfully warm-hearted and quirky” - Good Housekeeping

 "This moving treatise on love and the art of letter writing will leave readers eager for more from this very talented writer.” - Booklist (U.S.) (Starred Review)

 "The Lost Letters of William Woolf is an entertaining and enriching novel that is capable of inducing in the reader acute apprehensions of the complexities of our inner lives, and of the inner lives of others” The National

“Whimsical, wistful tale of love and longing - Mail on Sunday

“This debut novel enchants and captivates. William Woolf has what seems to be the best job in the world: he works at the Dead Letters Depot, where he dedicates his life to reuniting letters and parcels that do not have a proper address with their intended recipients. Honest yet lyrical, Cullen's characters are drawn with sympathy. Lose yourself in the whimsy” TheScotsman

“A beautifully written story” - Prima 

“Is it love or fantasy which is tormenting him? An original, refreshing novel about lost love and whether the grass is greener on the other side” - Daily Mail

“Once in a while a book comes along that captures your heart, and this one charmed me from the first page . . . An enchanting and bittersweet exploration of what love really means” - Maria Dickenson, Managing Director, Dubray Books

"An effortlessly assured debut about how finding a lost letter and a twist of fate can make you question whether the love of your life is really meant for you after all..." - Rick O’Shea – RTE Broadcaster

‘What a brilliant book. I couldn’t put it down’ - Larry Gogan, RTE Broadcaster

“Book of the Month  - A perfect poolside read. Read if you liked Rachel Joyce, Alison Moore or Naomi Banoran” - U Magazine

“A strong debut. Cullen’s great strength is the way she writes so movingly about how day-to-day life can chip away at a once-solid relationship until it crumbles.” - Belfast Telegraph

“A fantastic debut about the vital importance of the written word. Watch The Lost Letters of William Woolf become a big hit” - Hot Press Magazine

“The Must- Read” - Irish Tatler

“Cullen presents readers with the mundane reality of “happily ever after” and how real life can undermine the greatest of romances. The novel is realistic without being grim and offers hope for change and transformation.” - Sunday Independent

“The Lost Letters of William Woolf is a beautiful novel, more so because at times it feels like a book out of time, capitalising on the nostalgia of a time before smartphones, emails and Google. It is a remarkably refreshing read and certainly an interesting one – and it’s a debut work that marks Helen Cullen as an author worth watching.” - Culturefly 

"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

"A wonderful debut, a quirky romance with believable characters celebrating the untold and half-told stories all around us.” - Jess Kidd, Author of Himself and The Hoarder. 

“A spellbinding novel. Compelling, lyrical and deeply moving” - Caroline Busher, bestselling author of The Ghosts of Magnificent Children

“Gorgeous. Packed full of romance and longing, the writing pulls you in and doesn't let go until the very last page. I was so sad to finish it” - Ali Land, bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me

"I LOVED this book. If you want a beautifully written story of love, loss, heartache, thwarted dreams and how to negotiate relationships as they change over time, this one's for you. A lyrical exploration of things said and unsaid, and the spaces between lives." - Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths 

"A wise, imaginative and heart-warming novel about the limits of love, the allure of new romance and the lost art of letter writing." -Luiza Sauma, author of Flesh and Bone and Water

“Generous, surprising, full of heart, Cullen’s debut leaves you flooded with warmth and gratitude for all the love letters you ever received and pure regret for all the ones you never sent” - Ruth Gilligan, author of A Thousand Folds Make a Paper Swan

"An enchanting, lyrical page-turner and an ode to London, love, Dublin and everything in between." - Joy Rhoades, international bestselling author of The Woolgrower's Companion

 "A rip-roaring, peripatetic tale of love, but also self-discovery set against the backdrop of 1980s London and with hints of The Shop Around the Corner. Helen Cullen is an undeniable new talent, whose words stayed with me long after I had read them." - Alba Arikha, author of Major/Minor and Where To Find Me

“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

"A gorgeous love story about the multitude of possibilities and choices in our lives-and how by saying hello to one path, we say goodbye to another. The lost stories in the Dead Letters Depot moved me greatly. A delightfully romantic and original debut." - Tor Udall, author of A Thousand Paper Birds 

“A beautiful story celebrating life, love and letters. This is a luminous debut.” - Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper