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The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Translated by Liedewy Hawke
Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

*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.

‘Its republication could – and should – establish it as a lost and found gem.’

– The Independent, UK

'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, Thériault succeeds in offering fine and spirited promotion for letters.’

– Le Figaro, France

' intense and very deep meaningful ending…I would recommend this book.'

– 'A Bibliophile’s Book Blog' review

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