*WINNER OF RICHARD AND JUDY AUTUMN BOOK CLUB 2017 - 'One of the most charming novels either of us has read. Don't lose it. Keep it' Richard & Judy*
*The perfect holiday read, recommended by thousands of readers*
*One of the Mail on Sunday's 'Best books for the beach this summer'*
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...
'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
And if you loved The Keeper of Lost Things, don't miss Ruth Hogan's second novel The Particular Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, now available for pre-orderThis 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
... Wonderful stuff and the perfect cure for the New Year bluesPsychological realism, whimsy and magic are a winning combination in this quirky, exquisitely crafted novel
... It's a charming
read, perfect for the holidays
: you will want to share it when you get homeA really beautiful
book. Heartbreaking in parts, but lovely
. I got sucked in and read the whole thing in one afternoon, unable to tear myself away
. I sobbed for a good hour afterwards!When this book first appeared I said it was the perfect cure for the New Year blues. But it could apply just as well to any summer blues... This touching, funny and romantic
debut is that rare and precious thing - a real story with brilliant charactersThe back stories, real or imagined, of lost-and- found objects form the centrepiece of this exquisite
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
.A debut to watch for
... I was hugely impressed by this flawlessly written
, most humane
story of fresh starts and self-discovery that warms the cockles
debut.A charming whimsical
novel about holding on to what is preciousThis mystical and spiritual tale is a joyous read that will broaden your imagination and warm your heart
and full of heartOne is beguiled by its old-fashioned sweetnessMagical
A charming story, warmly and wittily written with wonderful characters
read - quirky, fun and plenty of gallows humour
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
.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
.Ruth Hogan captures perfectly and heartbreakingly the small moments on which a life can turn. We can all recognise something of ourselves in these pages
story of love, loss and the redemptive power of friendshipWonderful
and heartwarmingThe premise for this story is wonderful
... The range of characters is handled beautifully, and they all feel like real individuals
... It's a great bedtime read, though difficult to put down, so keep an eye on the clock!
'Totally and completely gorgeousWarm and quirky
characters and the mystery of each lost item impel the reader forward. In the end, Hogan's first novel reveals how even discarded items have significance and seemingly random objects, people, and places are all interconnected.Whimsical... characters have spunk and wit to spare, and [...] Hogan's writing has the soothing warmth of the cups of cocoa and tea her characters regularly dispense. Readers looking for some old-fashioned storytelling with a sprinkling of magic will find it here.
Interlacing plots join this cozy
, contemporary English story, unveiling the layers of four lives brought together by the discovery of a biscuit tin full of human ashes found on a train... Hogan's debut pulls in readers with each crafty chapter. Memorable minor characters add to the plot in this excellent selection for discussion groups.
In The Keeper of Lost Things
, debut novelist Ruth Hogan ties together the lives of her characters and the objects they discover. It's a quiet but beautifully intricate novel that will remind readers that we are each other's points of connection
. When life becomes confusing or sad, showing a bit of kindness and appreciation for each others' stories can lead to redemptionA charming novel
... It covers love and loss, friendship and pain through beautifully written proseExquisitely crafted
... A tale of grief and loss leavened with hope and new beginnings.
WE'RE ALL JUST WAITING TO BE FOUND...
An irresistible dÃ©but novel of lost objects and second chances - as joyfully uplifting as La La Land and Me Before You
Ruth Hogan is the author of The Keeper of Lost Things, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and a WHSmith Travel 'Fresh Talent' selection. A #1 word-of-mouth hit with more than a quarter of a million copies sold, the book is currently being published in more than 20 countries around the world.
The Particular Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, Ruth's second novel, will be published by Two Roads in Spring 2018.
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
was a #1 kindle bestseller and has sold over a quarter of a million copies
across all formats as of July (pre-paperback publication); it was a Top 3 title on Kobo and a Top 10 download on Audible, and was in the Kindle top 10 for four months. Keeper
was selected for the WHS Travel 'Fresh Talent' promotion and has received glowing reviews both in the press and from readers (over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon alone).A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK
: Now an R&J Autumn Book Club pick, building on excellent first format publication (WHSmith 'Fresh Talent'
pick, phenomenal ebook numbers
, word-of-mouth hit
). Huge marketing spend and PR.
READ THIS IF YOU LOVED: Love Actually, La La Land, Amelie, a romantic comedy with a touch of magic.INTERNATIONAL SENSATION
Comp books: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (37k hbs TCM, 416k pbs), The Rosie Project (9k hbs TCM, 295k pbs), A Man Called Ove (5k hbs TCM, 63k pbs).
- Considered THE hot book of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015
, foreign rights have been sold in the following territories: US (William Morrow, pre-empt); Germany (Ullstein, six-figure deal in five-way auction); France (Actes Sud, pre-empt); Italy (Rizzoli, six-way auction); Portugal (PresenÃ§a, auction); Norway (Cappelen Damm, pre-empt); Netherlands (HarperCollins); South Korea (Chungrim Publishing); Bulgaria (Obsidian); Ukraine and Russia (Family Leisure Book Club); and Serbia (Vulkan, pre-empt).FALL UNDER THE KEEPER'S SPELL
: Everyone has fallen in love with The Keeper of Lost Things
, from literary scouts to foreign publishers, from copyeditors to in-house colleagues to other UK editors. YOU
will be next.