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The Keeper of Lost Things

The feel-good novel of the year

By Ruth Hogan

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  • £16.99

WE'RE ALL JUST WAITING TO BE FOUND...
An irresistible début novel of lost objects and second chances - as joyfully uplifting as La La Land and Me Before You

The perfect holiday read, recommended by thousands of readers

'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...

Ruth Hogan's second novel The Particular Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is now available for pre-order

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781473635463
  • Publication date: 26 Jan 2017
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Two Roads
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
One is beguiled by its old-fashioned sweetness — Mail on Sunday
Magical and moving — Heat
A charming story, warmly and wittily written with wonderful characters — My Weekly
A lovely read - quirky, fun and plenty of gallows humour — Bedfordshire on Sunday
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
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. — Kirsty Wark, author of THE LEGACY OF ELIZABETH PRINGLE
A beautiful story of love, loss and the redemptive power of friendship — Catherine Hall, author of DAYS OF GRACE
Wonderful and heartwarming — Nina Pottell aka Matinee Girl
The 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!' — Bookbag
Totally and completely gorgeous — Lovereading
Warm 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. — Booklist
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. — Kirkus
Interlacing plots join this cozy, clever, 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. — Library Journal
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 redemption — BookPage
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Loved Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things?Keep on reading...Masha is an intelligent, independent woman in her early forties whose life has been irremediably changed by a tragic event twelve years before. Unable to share her grief, she finds solace in the local Victorian cemetery and in her town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater, safe from the noise and the pain. But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something roller disco fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back...A story of empowerment, hope and redemption. A book about ordinary people hiding extraordinary pain, and the small acts of courage and joy that rescue them.In the vein of her bestselling debut The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan's second novel introduces a new cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who guide us through a moving exploration of the simple human connections that make life worth living. A charming, unforgettable novel for fans of JoJo Moyes and Marian Keyes. Praise for The Keeper of Lost Things'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' Daily Mail'A gem' Huffington Post'Exquisite' The Lady'Delightful' Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

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