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Helen Cullen

Specialises in: 

Literary fiction, literary/commercial crossover.

Services offered: 

Three month mentoring. 

About Helen: 

Helen wrote the first draft of her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing programme under the mentorship of Michele Roberts. She holds a B.A. Communications and M.A. Theatre Studies from UCD and is currently completing an MA in English Literature at Brunel.


The Lost Letters of William Woolf was published by Penguin on July 12th 2018 in the UK and Ireland and will be published in the USA by Harper Collins in 2019. It has sold in translation to numerous foreign markets including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia and Israel. She is represented by Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge & White literary agency.


In addition, the novel has been optioned for television by Mainstreet Productions whose past successes include Downtown Abbey and Broadchurch. Helen is also shortlisted as Best Newcomer at the prestigious An Post Irish Books Awards 2018 with the winners to be announced later this year.


Helen is now writing full-time and working on her second novel for Penguin. 

The Lost Letters of William Woolf: 


Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names - they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to 'My Great Love' his work takes on new meaning.

Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn't know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.


'If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there.' Independent

'A novel [about] the complexities of our inner lives, and of the inner lives of others. Entertaining and enriching' The National

'Soul-searching ...a must-read' Stylist 


'Gorgeous. Packed full of romance and longing, the writing pulls you in and doesn't let go until the very last page. I was so sad to finish it' Ali Land, bestselling author of Good Me Bad Me

Read more about Helen's debut novel The Lost Letters of William Woolf here >>

More resources:


Twitter: @wordsofhelen

The Riff Raff Podcast with Helen

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