English Correspondence, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Sylvie is half French and half English. Since the death of her mother, she has written weekly letters to her father in London.

When he too dies unexpectedly, she waits for the letter she knows he must have posted before his death. And, as she waits, her carefully ordered and controlled life finally begins to unravel.

Brilliantly observed, delightfully witty and beautifully written, "English Correspondence" condenses all the major questions of adult life - love, marriage, children, and grief - into the time it takes to arrange a funeral and find a missing letter.




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This was a difficult and frustrating read, and one I was glad to finish in the end. It isn't badly written - in fact I'd say the author has a very good writing style - but it fails to get on with the story in any coherent way, preferring instead to mess around with deep and meaningful musings. Time after time I got to the end of a page and had to decide whether to read it again in a futile attempt to work out what was being implied, or whether to say 'sod it let's get the book finished'. Frequently it was the latter.

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