The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Denis Theriault, Liedewy Hawke
*Selected for Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 Book Club*
Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him.
'Enchanting, philosophically astute and deeply poignant.' * John Burnside * 'Quirky and charming with a well-executed denouement, this novella brings to mind nothing less than a giddily-lovesick Kafka.' * Guardian * 'A captivating philosophical tale.' * Le Devoir, Canada * 'A love story between two people who've never met, thanks to the magic of a deepening correspondence. In times of internet and social networking, Theriault succeeds in offering fine and spirited promotion for letters.' * Le Figaro, France * '...an intense and very deep meaningful ending...I would recommend this book.' * 'A Bibliophile's Book Blog' review *
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