From time to time on the podcast, we speak to someone who is not British, so that we get an outside perspective on UK books. Helen Cullen is Irish, though she has lived in London a long time and her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, is set there.

Helen talked to me about the lost art of letter writing, some of her favourite epistolary novels, why she loves London, and more.

You can listen to the episode here,

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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

The Lost Letters of William Woolf, by Helen Cullen

84, Charing Cross Road, by Helen Hanff

Persuasion, by Jane Austen

Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home, by Nina Stibbe

A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf

Three Guineas, by Virginia Woolf

Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn, by Brett Anderson

The Hiding Game, by Naomi Woods

Mrs. Hemingway, by Naomi Woods

The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett

They Don’t Teach This, by Eniola Aluko

Confessions of a Bookseller, by Shaun Blythell

To War with the Walkers, by Annabel Venning

Come Again, by Robert Webb

For Emily, by Katherine Slee

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


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