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'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' DAILY MAIL

Meet the 'Keeper of Lost Things'...

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life 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...



ISBN: 9781473635487
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 10 Aug 2017
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication City, Country: United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 13(L) x 2.3(W)
Weight (gm): 246



Hogan's touching, funny and romantic debut is that rare and precious thing: a real story with brilliant characters - Daily Mail

A charming read that seems bound to become a book club favourite. - The Lady

One is beguiled by its old-fashioned sweetness - Mail on Sunday

A charming story of fresh starts and self-discovery that warms the cockles - Woman & Home

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

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


Author Biography

Ruth Hogan was born in Bedford, in the house where her parents still live. As a child she read everything she could lay her hands on: her favourite reads were The Moomintrolls, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets, and gravestones.

She studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College and then got a 'proper' job, but when a car accident left her unable to work full-time, she decided to start writing seriously. In 2012 she was diagnosed with cancer: as chemo kept her up all night she passed the time writing, and the eventual result was her debut The Keeper of Lost Things. The Particular Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, Ruth's second novel, will be published next year.

She lives in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and her long-suffering husband.


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The Keeper of Lost Things: winner of the Richard & Judy Readers' Award and Sunday Times bestseller

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