- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
Stunning debut by Tom Winter. Meet Albert and Carol, two lost souls, brought together through a series of unforgettable letters.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
I enjoyed the genre and story very much
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book, although the ending seemed quite abrupt and came too quickly. It has left me wondering how things sorted themselves out...Published 9 months ago by Amazon Jayne
This book was ok if got a couple hours to spare. I found the storyline very contrived and the characters very stereotypical .Published 12 months ago by j.furmedge
I cannot believe that people can possibly be reading the same book as I have. I read this for book group, which is the only reason that I finished reading it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah
As a middle aged woman myself i found this book a true joy. The humour was right up my street. Cant wait to see if he's written anything else.Published 14 months ago by nicola
Didn't enjoy this book, primarily because I didn't like any of the main characters. I couldn't empathise with any of them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Barrieb
This was great fun and laugh out loud funny in some places. The unlikely hero appeared to be a very old and doddery man who, in fact, was only 65 years old - presumably Mr Winter... Read morePublished 23 months ago by June
I enjoyed this book, its lovely short chapters made it an easy read. I really felt for the postman nearing his retirement bless his soul. Read morePublished on 26 April 2015 by English Rose
I don't like to put down people's work. I had hoped based on the reviews that I would enjoy this book, but I'm sorry to say I was bored from start to finish and found it rather... Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2015 by Hayley