‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ is a powerful call to slow down

The death-by-a-thousand-paper cuts of William and Clare’s marriage is the highlight

Helen Cullen: her microscopic observation of her characters’ world is almost child-like in its sense of wonder

Helen Cullen: her microscopic observation of her characters’ world is almost child-like in its sense of wonder

“There is no one so grateful as the man to whom you have given just the book his soul needed and he never knew it.”
Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop

The book world can be full of strange coincidences. This quotation comes from a forgotten classic from 1938 that belonged to my grandfather: a book packed with words of bookselling and readerly wisdom, and one to which I frequently turn for inspiration. I had never encountered another soul who had heard of the book until it appeared in the hands of the eponymous hero of The Lost Letters of William Woolf: a novel that turned me into one of those grateful recipients.

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