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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 30 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', his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to a soul mate 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.

©2018 Helen Cullen (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Brilliant book highly recommended

Amazing book I was hooked from start to finish. Already hoping for a another instalment, Get it or regret it !!

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Lovely concept, but moved away from...

... the part that most interested me.

William Woolf (excellent writer name) is a stalled author, working in a 'dead letter' office, a department of the Post Office that deals with letters it cannot deliver without further investigation. Missing addresses, illegible names, God... William's job is to find the recipients if at all possible. All the while while struggling to continue to connect with the wife who considers his early potential wasted.

I loved the sections where William looked into letters, addresses, found the senders' receiver. There were some moving stories, it was rather satisfying. But I wasn't keen on William and Claire, especially as their marriage suffers. The relationship didn't really interest me. And neither, really, did the letter William finds, from an unknown Irish woman with whom Mr Woolf begins to develop feelings.

I got to the end but would have liked the focus to remain more on Woolf's work, especially as I had to rewind the last few minutes a couple of times to try to work out what had happened - it isn't obvious.

Letters always work well on audiobook, and the third person (mostly focused on William) was pretty easy to follow. Penry-Jones was a good choice for William, quiet and calm and quite quintessentially English, well-spoken and academic.

Disappointed that I wasn't able to like this more.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Spellbinding - best narration I've ever heard

Rupert Penry Jones is amazing and this story was totally captivating from start to finish. Love that the author read parts too - such a nice touch. Can't recommend this enough.