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Lost and Found

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  90 reviews
It started with a letter...Carol is married to a man she doesn't love and mother to a daughter she doesn't understand. Crippled with guilt, she can't shake the feeling that she has wasted her life. So she puts pen to paper and writes a Letter to the Universe. Albert is a widowed postman, approaching retirement age, and living with his cat, Gloria, for company. Slowly being ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by Corsair
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Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
For some reason I wasn’t sure I would like this book all that much, which only goes to prove that prejudging things is never good idea. Of course I was completely wrong; I enjoyed it enormously, gobbling it up with almost a tear and often a great big smile.
Lost and Found is the story of two lost people, Carol and Albert, strangers to one another, there is no earthly reason for their lives to cross. Carol is thirty eight, unhappily married to Bob and mother to a daughter she doesn’t really like
Carol Peace
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I got the book I wasn't sure what to expect, A romantic letter writer ? but no I was very pleasantly surprised to find it quite deep and a very compelling read.
Carol is the letter writer and it is a reluctant Carol who is the main character. The whole of her life laid bare so to speak. She is having problems with her home and work life and her best friend Helen seems to be no help although she does suggest writing a letter.
Albert is very near retirement and is a bit of a spare part in the
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, inglise-keeles, 2015
Actual rating 2.5 stars.

When I was browsing the bookshelves in the bookstore about a month ago and discovered this book, it looked like a book that I could grow to love. Unfortunately I fear that I chose the wrong time to pick it up because I think that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I could have. I liked Tom Winter's writing style and I actually liked parts of this story but I really wasn't in the right frame of mind to enjoy it to the full potential.

The rest of my thoughts on this book ca
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: debut
‘It often appears as if some people spend their entire lives trapped, going round and round in circles but never arriving.’

Carol is deeply unhappy. She doesn’t love her husband Bob anymore and she struggles to understand her teenaged daughter at all. She feels her life is just passing by, that she has wasted it and that she has to do something about it. Matters are complicated when Bob discovers he is ill. Her friend Helen suggests writing it all down in a letter to at least express all she is f
Jenn Ravey
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Carol is unhappily married to a man she doesn't love and mother to a daughter she doesn't understand. Stuck in a life she doesn't want and crippled with guilt, she can't shake the feeling that she has wasted her life. So she puts pen to paper and writes a Letter to the Universe.

Albert is a widowed postman, approaching retirement age, and living with his cat, Gloria, for company. Slowly being pushed out at his place of work, he is forced down to the section of the post office where they sort un
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Truth-drawing, affecting and full of laugh-out-loud moments this enjoyable read is a real page-turner.

This brilliant debut novel captures quintessentially life in a snapshot, with acute perception and such remarkable effortless ease as to create a most realistic outlook. Full of wit, humor and brilliant premise this is a fascinating character-study of the ups and downs of any relationship. Remicent of ‘Wife 22’ and ‘Harold Fry’ this reaches out to a wide-readership, by ‘telling it how it is’ pr
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lost and Found has been among my most anticipated books of 2013 and I knew I'd have to read it the minute I saw the synopsis. I seem to have a soft spot for bitter-sweet and touching stories and it definitely seemed like one. A few chapters in, however, I realized it is in fact a bit different from what I expected - but not in a bad way. Not at all. I actually found it really hard to put it down and, had it not been for me being ill at the time, I would have probably read it in one day.

The reaso
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
‘Lost & Found’ was a very enjoyable read with it’s perfect synchronicity of poignancy, sadness but cut through with a biting wit. We are absorbed into the world of Carol, an ordinary middle-aged woman who has reached a momentous decision to leave her huband, the affable but essentially dull Bob. But Bob’s got bad news of a medical nature, and Carol becomes trapped, her only outlet being her emotive outpourings in letter form addressed to the universe, and intercepted at the local Royal Mail ...more
Grace Harwood
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written, very witty, poignant story which I really enjoyed reading. It took me no time at all to read it, but somehow I found myself utterly immersed in the stories of Carol and Albert respectively, and hopeful for them that things might change or pick up for them in some way. I was immersed from the moment the story opened and was soon utterly lost in their lives and problems. In a lot of ways, I could identify with Carol, but I couldn't really get where all her hatred cam ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I bought his book due to its link with letters which seemed rather interesting as i also love to write letters, plus the cover was very appealing too! haha!

Its a duel sided story of Carol and Albert, One a married mother to a teenage daughter who isn't happy with her marriage or indeed her life. The other, a elderly and lonely post office worker who is due to retire who yearns for a platonic connection with someone since his wife passed away 40 years before.

Even though they don't know each other
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started this book last night and by the time I put it down, I cared so much about Albert and Carol that I picked it up again the minute I woke up, and finished it. That has to be a sign of good writing! I found myself completely caught up in Carol's and Albert's journeys (hate that word but in this case it's appropriate).

The only reason this doesn't get five stars is that I didn't like the ending. Once Carol finally makes her decision, things start moving too fast and I felt the author was in
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Carol is unhappy in her marriage to Bob and has a poor relationship with her daughter, for whom she has endured and stayed. She is just on the point of (finally) telling her husband she wants to leave him, when devastating news is received.

Carol then pours out her feelings in a series of letters, which she posts, unaddressed, and they are separated out at the sorting office where they are read by Albert, a postman on the verge of retirement. Albert, meanwhile, is widowed and lonely, living in a
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I write this review thanking a very good friend for recommending me this great book! It was a pleasant, compelling and emotional read that drew me in from the very beginning and connects you with each of the characters. I really enjoyed Carol and Albert, two strangers on completely different paths and stages in life. Carol is a middle aged office worker on the verge of asking her husband for a divorce and has no idea how to communicate with her teenage daughter. Albert works for Royal Mail and i ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Impossible to connect with either of the two main characters.I asked myself many times whilst reading this book "how likely is that" ? .. and the downright nastiness seemed totally overdone. Altogether a rather frustrating read.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Received my copy today from Waterstones and couldn't put it down! Harold Fry but with a much better story and better characters-excellent!
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably a three star book but the excellent ending dragged it up to a four. Great central characters.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was generally a goid quick read. The ending was really sweet and very fitting
Lauren Tupper
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
I enjoyed this novel. It focuses on two lonely people, Carol and Albert. Carol is unhappy in her life, and truth be told, I found her to be an unsympathetic character. I kept reading for Albert, a lonely, gentle man who finds an unlikely connection in Carol. Nicely written but ended too abruptly.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
When I was offered Lost & Found by Tom Winter to review I was very much intrigued. I took a look at the first chapter and I desperately wanted to know more about Carole’s life, and I was also really interested in Albert’s role in the novel, so I happily agreed to review the novel. It’s taken me a bit of time to wade through my review pile and come to Lost & Found but now that I’ve read it, I’m so pleased I accepted it to review because it was a wonderful little novel, not my normal read, ...more
Jennifer Joyce
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Carol has been trapped in an unhappy marriage for years. Bob is a good man but Carol simply doesn't love him and has only really stayed with him for so many years because of their daughter. But Sophie is seventeen now and Carol thinks the time is right to finally leave Bob. Just as she's about to announce her intentions, Bob receives some devastating news and Carol finds herself tethered to her husband once again. Frustrated, Carol begins to write anonymous letters, pouring out her feelings to t ...more
Penny Little
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hilarious. Loved the characters' outlook and how they changed throughout the story.
Sarah Goodwin
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I've ended up labeling this as chick-lit, because the character with the most page time is female, it's mostly focused on 'female themes' and it was quite funny.

I bought this on a recommendation from Sainsburys magazine, an inch square blurb that told me pretty much nothing about the story, so I initially assumed it was a love story. However, when I got to the amazon page I realized that was not the case, but because of the low price and lingering interest, I bought the book anyway.

I was initia
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often read advance copy books, with plain covers, and rarely judge a book by it's cover, but I have to mention how beautifully presented Lost And Found is. The cover design and illustration is just gorgeous, with a sort of a vintage feel to it.

It would be easy to assume that Lost And Found is going to be a love story, maybe a little sweet, and possibly a little moralistic. I don't really like those kind of stories. I was delighted to find myself thrust into the world of on-the-verge of being
Sarah Greenwood
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two lost lonely souls connecting through lost letters.

You have Carol who is in an unhappy marriage and a mother to a teenage daughter she doesn’t really understand. Then you have Albert who is a soon to be retired postman who lives with his cat Gloria and the ever present memory of the wife who died some forty years earlier.

Carol isn’t the kind of character you warm to right away. It isn’t clear why she is so unhappy and incapable of showing any kind of true emotions until near the end of the bo
Wendy Janes
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Carol is on the verge of telling her husband, Bob, that their marriage is over. He pips her to the post with an announcement of his own. Trapped, Carol begins to pour out her feelings in the form of letters to the universe. The letters are intercepted by Albert, a lonely post office worker on the verge of retirement. Carol and Albert are strangers, but they become entangled in each other’s lives.

Themes of disappointment and dysfunctional relationships dominate. Carol chose to remain in her marri
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Albert works for Royal Mail and as his retirement looms he's given one final task that will ensure he'll be remembered for years to come (or so his manager says): organise the lost letters that have been piling up in a room behind the sorting machine. As Albert embarks on his journey through the letters addressed to Santa, God and illegible addresses he comes across one that stands out and tempts him to break his principle of never reading another person's mail. Addressed to no one the envelope ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a world dominated by emails this is a heart-warming tale of loneliness which follows the lives of the 2 main characters Carol and Albert and the joy, pleasure and comfort of writing and receiving letters.

Both lonely for various reasons, Carol is surrounded by family and friends and longs for a past love. Albert, a widower and close to retirement, still misses his wife so much and just has his cat for company.

Carol is prompted by her friend to write letters to deal with and cope with her feeli
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bloomsbury UK in return for an honest review*

I sure hope he will write more because I have been laughing a lot while reading this book. How is it that someone elses misery can be so entertaining? The style in which this book is written does help a lot.
Carol is unhappy in her marriage and not so happy with her daughter either. She is about to leave her husband when things start to happen making it kind of a bad moment to actually leave. But th
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was sent a free advance copy of this book to review for

This story has two main characters – Carol and Albert - they do not know one another but are both suffering from having lost themselves in everyday life. Carol has been plucking up courage to leave her husband for nearly twenty years and her friend suggests that she writes a letter to the Universe. Carol initially dismisses this as pretentious & there is a hilarious episode when she changes her mind and starts to writ
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has two main characters who don't know each other. First we meet Carol, almost 40 years old, with a husband and a grown up daughter. She's had enough of her life as a good wife to a boring husband and today is the day that she'll tell him she's leaving. But before she gets the chance, he tells her he's got a lump, which turns out to be malignant. So she does "the right thing" and stays. Her friend suggests she writes her troubles in letters to "the universe", as this should make her fe ...more
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'Tom Winter is a British writer living in Berlin. His debut novel, Lost & Found, was published in five languages, with an English audio book to follow. His second book, Arms Wide Open, was published in April 2014. He's currently working on a third title, due for publication next summer. "Witty, off-beat and moving ... Tom Winter delights with a deadpan turn of phrase." Daily Mail "[Arms Wide O ...more
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“She suddenly realizes that Bob, the probable cancer patient, is standing in the hallway looking lost. She stops and tries to look concerned.
'Will you be okay?' As if I give a fuck.
'Yeah,' he replies forlornly. 'I'll be fine.'
She gives him a quick kiss on the forehead – as sexual as Florence Nightingale on a TB ward – and rushes from the house.”
“My life is a chocolate soufflé. The kind you spend hours making, then you pull it from the oven and it looks like a squashed cat. It’s not dangerous. It’s not a weapon of mass destruction. It’s just not what it should be. It’s a disappointment. You look at it and you think, Something went wrong. And that’s the end of it, isn’t it? You can’t just pop it back in the oven and give it a few more minutes. It’s not a mess on its way to becoming something else. It’s just a mess.” 0 likes
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