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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen, read by Helen Cullen and Rupert Penry Jones.

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, and soon he begins to wonder: Could he be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

Critics Review

  • A novel [about] the complexities of our inner lives, and of the inner lives of others. Entertaining and enriching

    The National
  • A spellbinding novel. Compelling, lyrical and deeply moving

    Caroline Busher, bestselling author of The Ghosts of Magnificent Children
  • 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

  • A quirky, enjoyable novel about communication, relationships and love

    Woman & Home
  • 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

    All the Good Things
  • 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

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