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The Keeper of Lost Thingsby Gary Reading, Nov 2018
The Keeper of Lost Things
Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.
Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.
But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…
With an unforgettable cast of characters that includes young girls with special powers, handsome gardeners, irritable ghosts and an array of irresistible four-legged friends, The Keeper of Lost Things is a debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries.
“This is the first book I read in 2017 – and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I’ll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles. Hogan’s touching, funny and romantic debut is that rare and precious thing: a real story with brilliant characters… Wonderful stuff and the perfect cure for the New Year blues.” (Daily Mail)
The back stories, real or imagined, of lost-and- found objects form the centrepiece of this exquisite, absorbing novel, a potent cocktail of insightful psychological realism, whimsy and glittering magic, where hopes and new beginnings glint off the sharp edges of grief and loss. It grabs you right from its intriguing opening scene… Hogan’s prose is considered, expressive and vivid, but never overwritten. Her characters reveal themselves gradually, much as the found objects acquire layers of meaning as we become acquainted with their provenance and history. A charming read that seems bound to become a book club favourite. (The Lady)
A debut to watch for… I was hugely impressed by this flawlessly written, most humane novel. (Ronald Frame, Sunday Herald (Books of the Year))
A charming story of fresh starts and self-discovery that warms the cockles (Woman & Home)
A warm and heartfelt debut. (Prima)
A charming whimsical novel about holding on to what is precious (Red)
This mystical and spiritual tale is a joyous read that will broaden your imagination and warm your heart (OK!)
It’s charming, beautiful and full of heart (Fabulous Magazine)
Magical and moving (Heat)
A charming story, warmly and wittily written with wonderful characters (My Weekly)
From the attention-grabbing opening paragraph, to the joyful conclusion, Ruth Hogan has stirred together a charming fairy tale in which the people may be more lost than the things; and generosity and compassion may be the key to finding a way home. Also there are dogs. Delightful. (Helen Simonson, author of MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND)
A sometimes poignant, sometimes funny but always heartfelt page-turner, The Keeper of Lost Things turned out to be exactly the book I was looking for. (Chrissie Manby, author of A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY)