The Keeper of Lost Things (Paperback)
  • The Keeper of Lost Things (Paperback)

The Keeper of Lost Things (Paperback)

Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 10/08/2017
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Waterstones Says

Charming and endlessly endearing, Hogan’s novel of a collector of lost objects and his determined mission to reunite them with their owners is a feel-good tale about atonement, affection and doing the right thing.   

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.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473635487
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 238 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


Charming, quirky, heart-warming - Ruth Langsford

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... Wonderful stuff and the perfect cure for the New Year blues - Daily Mail

Psychological 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 home - The Lady

A really beautiful, tender 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! - The Londoner

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 characters - Daily Mail - Best Summer Books 2017

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

A charming novel ... It covers love and loss, friendship and pain through beautifully written prose - Carol Sampson

Exquisitely crafted ... A tale of grief and loss leavened with hope and new beginnings. - The Lady

My absolute favourite book to read so far this year . . . It has love, mystery and true-to-life human hardship - Kokomo Tribune

A hoarder's paradise turned into a great story with purpose and meaning - The Candid Bookclub

A wonderfully multilayered, descriptive story, The Keeper of Lost Things is full of sorrow and joy that weaves the life stories of its characters, exploring relationships, illness and loss - Manchester Weekly News

Clever, unusual and moving story of love and loss...It's a life-affirming read you will want to read - Five Book Group Favourites, Sunday Post

There's a reason that this book has been on the bestsellers list for weeks on end . . . charming - Marie Claire

It's such a pure novel, filled with tiny moments of joy, emotion, sadness, excitement, fear . . . I couldn't put it down! - Upon My Desk

It was such a delicious book! There is no other way to describe it. I did not want it to end. - Preeti Shenoy, author of THE RULE BREAKERS

I've recommended The Keeper of Lost Things to everyone. - Woman's Way, MY LIFE IN BOOKS

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

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Nicole @WstonesHemel

“Just My Lovely Cup Of Tea!”

I loved this book so very much.

Laura has got herself out of a bad marriage and found a job where she can lick her wounds and discover what she wants, only she has got a little comfortable.
Her boss is a writer who... More

Hardback edition
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Emma Smith at Bedford

“Wonderful and poignant”

This book is a delight. From the opening paragraph which sets up the story wonderfully with a lost item waiting to be found. To the final pages. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I smiled. A lot. This was a sheer and... More

Hardback edition
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“Perfect to curl up with”

Author Anthony Peardew has been haunted by a broken promise for forty years. Compelled to collect lost items in the hope of finding their owners his study in Padua, his home. But as he realises his life is drawing to... More

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