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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472101618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472101617
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
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Witty, off-beat and moving ... Tom Winter delights with a deadpan turn of phrase. (Daily Mail)

A keenly observed book about loneliness and longing ... Winter makes the reader not only smile, but pause and, in the final line, shed an appropriate tear about what it means to be given a second chance. (The Lady)

A touching tale, full of pathos and laugh-out-loud moments. (Candis)

Set against the bleak backdrop of London suburbia and blackly comic, this is an easy read and a gentle tale of the everyday but no less moving for it, perhaps because of it. (NewBooks magazine)

'Original and surprising ... it left me glowing.' (Saga)

'Winter's style is chatty and his wit gentle, but he has a sharp enough edge to avoid sentimentality.' (BookOxygen.com)

'I laughed out loud ... this book's one to keep.' (TheBookbag.co.uk)

This is a black comedy full of wit and deadpan humour...Spiky and charming, bleak and heart-warming at the same time (Mail on Sunday)

This is an easy, if poignant, read with delicate (and sometimes more biting) touches of humour (The Herald)

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Stunning debut by Tom Winter. Meet Albert and Carol, two lost souls, brought together through a series of unforgettable letters.

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Format: Hardcover
I love books in general, but I really love beautiful books, books where the designer has actually thought about what the story is saying rather than just bish, bash, bosh, get it on the shelves. Bearing this in mind, I was thrilled to receive this book and find that it is just my kind of beautiful book.

The cover really reflects what's going on inside the book - the two lonely, isolated figures connected only by the letters that she is sending, but look closer and you'll see the edges of the book have the same markings as an airmail envelope. Then look inside, not to the first page, but to the inside cover, which is decorated in the same way as the inside of an airmail envelope (please note by the time I got this far I was practically clapping my hands in glee). It's these little details that add so much to a reading experience and - while I love my Kindle - you just don't get that with an ebook.

So, if you'll excuse my rhapsodising over the book's cover, perhaps you'd like to know a little about what's in it...

Carol is in a marriage that she now realises was a mistake and has a daughter that she just doesn't understand. After finally deciding to leave her husband, he breaks his own news that he may have cancer, thus trapping her one again. Carol's friend suggests that she saves money on a therapist and instead writes a letter to the universe. No-one ever has to read it, but knowing that it's out there will help Carol work out what she wants and needs to do.

Little does Carol realise that her letters will be read, by Albert, a widowed postman who is coming to his retirement age with only a cat and an obnoxious neighbour for company.
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It took me a while to read this book. Mainly I think because I'd rather read an actual book than a kindle. But it was worth it. The ending is very quick... you want to know more. But it's a good ending. It's a fantastic book and it makes you realise that people do settle because they feel they have to but ultimately, happiness requires taking a leap into the unknown.
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This book was quite a simple story, very easy to read and highlights how fate has lots to do with how paths cross and sometimes become lasting relationships. Enjoyed it.
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this was a gentle yet honest story told in a most unusual way, exposing emotions and situations we can all empathise with.

I enjoyed the genre and story very much
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Looked forward to picking it up relaxing read makes me miss both my granddads and reminds me how the elderly can be so isolated but appear happy to others.
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Great short story
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Format: Hardcover
This book has two main characters who don't know each other. First we meet Carol, almost 40 years old, with a husband and a grown up daughter. She's had enough of her life as a good wife to a boring husband and today is the day that she'll tell him she's leaving. But before she gets the chance, he tells her he's got a lump, which turns out to be malignant. So she does "the right thing" and stays. Her friend suggests she writes her troubles in letters to "the universe", as this should make her feel better about her situation.

The other character is Albert, a postman nearing his pension and considered a bit useless at work. He's sidetracked into the undeliverable mail room, where he is to sort the mail that is going to be destroyed, as no recipient nor sender can be found for it. There, he finds Carols's letters. These cheer him up and make him think that life may be worthwhile after all.

This was a fun and easy read. It deals with heavy topics but in a lighthearted way. For instance, the way Albert, a pensioner, is treated at work and at home (by his neighbours). Carol, staying in her loveless marriage with a secret from long ago. Both characters were very likable. While they are in very different situations, Carol's letters do help Albert to make something of his life before it's too late, and that is wonderful. Meanwhile, Carol's letters are helping herself as well, as things become clearer to her.

I very much enjoyed reading this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Lost & Found is about two lost souls - Carol, unhappily married, and Albert, a widower who lives in a grim council estate with only his cat Gloria for company. Carol starts writing letters to the universe about her life and Albert, nearing retirement age at the post office and sorting undeliverable mail, begins to read them.

I loved this novel. It's not a love story, or a romance. Instead it's about friendship, loneliness and family. It made me snort with laughter on several occasions and also left me in tears. The author is really skilled at writing in a bittersweet style that keeps you turning the pages as you want to know how things turn out for both of them.

I really recommend this for anyone who likes a heartfelt novel which is a bit quirky and different. I finished the book with tears streaming down my face and will be eagerly recommending it to all of my friends.
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