The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Author(s): Denis Theriault; Liedewy Hawke (Translator)

Fiction - Contemporary

*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.


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'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

Denis Theriault is an award-winning author and screenwriter living in Montreal, Canada. The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman is his second novel and a much anticipated sequel, The Postman's Fiancee (Oneworld) will be published in July 2017.

General Fields

  • : 9781786070531
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Oneworld
  • : 0.13
  • : March 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 10mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Denis Theriault; Liedewy Hawke (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : Apr-17
  • : English
  • : 843.92
  • : General Adult
  • : 128