Lost Property (Paperback)Laura Beatty (author)
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'Clever, brave and urgent. I thought about Lost Property for days after I finished it.' Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall
'Fascinating and eloquent discussion of nationalism, art and conflict, leavened with wry humour.' Mail on Sunday
In the middle of her life, a writer finds herself in a dark wood, despairing at how modern Britain has become a place of such greed and indifference. In an attempt to understand her country and her species, she and her lover rent a busted-out van and journey through France and down to the Mediterranean, across Italy and the Balkans, finishing in Greece and its islands. Along the way, they drive through the Norman Conquest, the Hundred Years War, the Italian Renaissance, the 1990s and on to the current refugee crisis, encountering the shades of history, sometimes figuratively and sometimes - such as Joan of Arc, sitting pertly in the back of the van - quite literally.
As she roadtrips through 10,000 years of civilization, watching humanity repeat itself with wars over borderlines and exceed itself with the creation of timeless art, the writer begins to reckon with the very worst and the very best in our collective natures - and it is in seeing the beauty beside the ugliness, the light among the trees, that she begins to see, finally, a way for her to go home.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Lost Property is a phantasmagorical odyssey, a time-travelling reanimation of the past as full-blooded as Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, a free-booting upheaval of all the culture, history and landscape between us and the Bosphorus... Made luminous with an extraordinary descriptive brilliance, what is learned through this magical, shapeshifting narrative is the preciousness not of conviction but of uncertainty, if it is shared as part of our common humanity. * Guardian *
A phantasmagorical odyssey, a time-travelling reanimation of the past as full-blooded as Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. * Guardian *
Clever, brave and urgent. I thought about Lost Property for days after I finished it. * Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall *
A timely trip through some reminders from history. * i *
A meditation on what was and what might be again. * The Oldie *
A fierce and wonderful book ... This is just the sort of generous, provocative novel the Booker judges should cherish.
A novel that heralds an exceptional talent * Guardian, on POLLARD *
Enchanting...Beatty is a writer of extraordinary power...alive to every nuance of behaviour * Literary Review, on POLLARD *
Beatty makes you feel the layers of history existing alongside the present, so that the stories blend seamlessly... Beautifully written * The Times, on DARKLING *
A novel of masterly understatement * Spectator, on DARKLING *
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