The Letterbox Man


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By Laura May

ISBN: 9781849914451
Published: 2011
Pages: 111
Key Themes: fiction, love, bipolar disorder, manic depression, anxiety


Writing is like breathing to me, even if I want to stop for a while, have a break, regroup, I simply cant. I find I cant stop the ink running across blank sheets. When I went to Cornwall to write this novel, it took me over. I’m so thankful it did. – Laura May

The Letterbox Man is a tale of love and loss in the life of Beth Spencer, set in the beautiful, haunting village of Polruan, Cornwall. Returning to Polruan for one week to clear her mothers house following her death, Beth, herself now an old woman, knows that she has hurt too much and has been away for too long, and that it is time to forgive the village and its river for the pain they caused her in the past.

As Beth revisits the village of her childhood she is resigned to the fact that she is old and that she is dying. However, she is not prepared for the overwhelming beauty and peace that greets her there, and she is startled to find, among the ghosts of the past, a chance for a future.

In turns rich, vivid, poetic and sorrowful, the first novel from Laura May, a young woman tackling Bipolar Disorder, is a poetic achievement.

About the Author

Born in 1983, Laura May was always different. In 2008, after ten years of being treated for depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies, she was diagnosed with rapid cycling Bipolar Disorder. Over the past eleven years Laura May has experienced psychotic episodes, has attempted suicide and has had several bouts of extreme mania and depression, all of which she has tackled through her writing.

Laura works within mental health, and possesses a degree in English Literature from the University of Hull. She lives in Essex with her wife and their babies, the many cats and dogs

1 review for The Letterbox Man

  1. Mark Edgar (verified owner)

    I rarely read fiction but this was great. I had no idea what what might happen next. Such a simple idea but so beautifully conceived and structured. The language is poetic and draws the reader in, a tragic love story but one of recovery.
    I’m lucky enough to have met Laura and heard her speaking publicly. This really wasn’t what I expected. Just wonderful. I now look forward to devouring her book of poetry, The Shallows. I also look forward to Laura’s next offering.

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