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A lost letter detective in the Dead Letters Depot of East London tries to solve his most important mystery yet - as his marriage crumbles and a new love story beckons. This charming, nostalgic and romantic literary debut is perfect for reading groups

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries: Missing zip codes, 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.

For eleven years, William has worked diligently at the depot, neglecting his dream of becoming a writer, while his wife Claire has poured all her energies burgeoning career as a barrister. Both realise that their marriage is in a perilous state, but neither are ready to confront this reality. When William starts to find letters written by a woman named Winter to her great love - whom she has never met - he becomes convinced that she is writing to him. He is torn between a desire to save his troubled home life and the excitement of a potential new love with Winter - if only he can find her. From the clues interspersed throughout her letters, William commits to solving what could be the most important mystery ever to come his way.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780718189150

    July 16, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780718189143

    July 15, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9781405934978

    July 12, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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Extract

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Lost letters have only one hope for survival. If they are caught between two worlds, with an unclear destination and no address of sender, the lucky ones are redirected to the Dead Letters Depot in East London for a final chance of redemption. Inside the damp-rising walls of a converted tea factory, letter detectives spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names: they are all culprits in the occurrence of missed birthdays, unknown test results, bruised hearts, unaccepted invitations, silenced confessions, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers. Instead of longed-for missives, disappointment floods post boxes from Land’s End to Dunnet Head. Hope fades a little more every day, when doorbells don’t chime and doormats don’t thud.

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