*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
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.