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Twenty-Six Letters | Charlotte Nash | Avid Reader

Tuesday, 30 August 2022




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Wilhelmina Mann can never seem to get anything right: her work, relationships and family are all on the rocks. But when she suddenly receives a stack of letters from her long-dead mother, everything she's ever known begins to change.

Hugh Breakey is in-conversation with Charlotte Nash discussing her latest novel Twenty-Six Letters.

On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Wilhelmina Mann is already dealing with more than enough problems, so a birthday misadventure landing her in the lock-up is hardly even a surprise.

But that mistake leads to Wil receiving a packet of old letters; letters to Wil from her mother that were written just before she died, back when Wil was a small child.

Suddenly, Wil's life is thrown into a new kind of turmoil as she discovers the mother she lost. And while the letters begin as tales of growing up, they soon become a great love story, almost as great as the bond between mother and daughter. Caught in old, unexpected emotions and unresolved hurts, Wil risks everything to journey back to the tiny English village in which her mother grew up, searching for answers in another set of letters she is meant to find there.

But secrets are kept for a reason. Will she find the last letters? And will she want to know what they contain?

Twenty-Six Letters is a captivating novel entwining family, place and identity, the shame of keeping secrets and the liberation of finding them out.

Charlotte Nash is the internationally published author of seven contemporary novels, most recently Saving You and On A Starlit Ocean. She has degrees in engineering and medicine, and a PhD in creative writing, which examined how the neuroscience of reading can help craft engaging technical fiction. She has taught writing through The University of Queensland, QUT, Queensland Writers Centre, and University of Technology Sydney. She writes smart, unusual love stories with a signature style, marked by a lush sense of place and satisfying plot.

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