The Letter in the Bottle

  • by Karen Liebreich
  • Narrated by Karen Liebreich
  • 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a winter's day in 2002, a bottle shaped like a tear washed up on the English coast. It contained a letter written in French, a lock of hair, and a mystery. Only one thing could be known for certain – that the writer of the letter was a mother, grieving for her lost child, Maurice. Moved by the woman’s heartache, Karen Liebreich sets out on an epic journey to piece together the mother’s tale. Her book is the amazing true story of one woman’s search for another, and a poignant reflection on love, loss and motherhood. When this book was first published in 2006, the quest remained unresolved, but when The Letter in the Bottle was translated into French a few years later the unbelievable happened – the mother picked up the book and recognised her letter…
After seven years of searching by the author, all questions would at last be answered and the mystery finally resolved. Liebreich concludes her epic quest, meeting the woman who sent the bottle years ago and coming to understand the loss that was at the heart of one mother’s impulse to communicate with the unknown. This audiobook tells the complete story.


What the Critics Say

"It sounds like a Hollywood movie. A Cambridge graduate finds an undated, unsigned message in a bottle from a mother mourning her 13-year old son. Seven years later the women meet… But this story is true… Anyone know a director?” (Daily Mail)
"Her search is exhaustive and veers from the forensic to the esoteric…. There is the allure of a mystery in need of a solution. Even at an apparent low, Liebreich’s search for the real-life writer is engrossing. The pace and vigour of her pursuit is hugely admirable." (Scotland on Sunday)
"‘This is a curious book about curiosity… It is also a disturbing book in many ways, not just for the ‘supercharged expressiveness’ of the mother’s anguish, but for the questions it provokes about our own refusal to confront mortality.… as haunting as it is elegantly written." (Sunday Telegraph)


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-01-2012
  • Publisher: Karen Liebreich