The Lost Letters of William Woolf

Written by Helen Cullen


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 simply to ‘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. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

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




A Refreshing, Sophisticated Read!   4 stars


As a debut novel, this has the ‘wow’ factor; all-consuming and beguiling, this kept my attention from first to last.

William loves his job in the Dead Letters Depot; he takes pride in reconnecting these missives with their intended recipient and being a part – however briefly – in their lives. Then he gets a series of letters from one person to ‘her Great Love’ and this mystery begins to invade every corner of his life. William has already found his own great love, but after 15 years their life together seems to have stalled. Will William’s quest help his marriage?

This is a refreshing, sophisticated read; oozing warmth and love. I can honestly say this isn’t a novel I could compare to any other as it is completely original. The writing drew me in slowly and before I knew it I was desperate to know where it was leading. Flawless writing, several wonderful locations and a smoothly flowing story all added up to a  satisfying read. For any reader wanting something different to the formulaic books – of which there are plenty – I would recommend giving this one a whirl.

My thanks to Michael Joseph – Penguin UK for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: mystery, romance, women’s fiction


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2366 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication Date: 12 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


A1Nruu1t2qL._SY200_Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London. She worked at RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) for seven years before moving to London in 2010. In the UK, Helen established a career as an events and engagement specialist before joining the Google UK marketing team in 2015.

The first draft of her debut novel THE LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF was written while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing programme under the mentorship of Michèle Roberts. Helen holds an M.A. Theatre Studies from UCD and is currently completing an M.A. English Literature at Brunel University.

‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ will be published this year, 2018 in UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Italy and Israel.

Helen is now writing full-time and working on her second novel.
Twitter: @wordsofhelen


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