The Lost Letters of William Woolf (Original)

Helen Cullen (Author)


"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


Lost letters have only one hope for survival...

Inside the walls of the Dead Letters Depot, letter detectives work to solve mysteries. They study missing zip codes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names--all the many twists of fate behind missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills, unanswered prayers. Their mission is to unite lost mail with its intended recipients.

But when letters arrive addressed simply to "My Great Love," longtime letter detective William Woolf faces his greatest mystery to date. 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. Soon, he finds himself torn between the realities of his own marriage and his world of letters, and his quest to follow the clues becomes a life-changing journey of love, hope, and courage.

From Irish author Helen Cullen, The Lost Letters of William Woolf is an enchanting novel about the resilience of the human heart and the complex ideas we hold about love--and a passionate ode to the art of letter writing.

Product Details

$26.99  $24.29
Graydon House
Publish Date
June 04, 2019
6.3 X 1.2 X 9.2 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

HELEN CULLEN wrote her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing program. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies from University College Dublin and is currently studying further at Brunel. Prior to writing full-time, Helen worked in journalism, broadcasting and most recently as a creative events and engagement specialist. Helen is Irish and currently lives in London.


"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

"In her mesmerizing debut, one of Cullen's many gifts is skillfully managing the voices, stories, and possibilities of the enchanting world of lost letters.... This moving treatise on love and the art of letter writing will leave readers eager for more from this very talented writer."
-Booklist (Starred Review)

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

"A heartwarming novel about love, life, and the lost art of letter writing."

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

"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 (UK)

"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 (Ireland)

"Wonderfully warmhearted and quirky."
-Good Housekeeping (UK)

"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