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The Book of Lost Things 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)
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The Book of Lost Things 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 20/10/2016
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This tenth anniversary edition includes two new short stories - Cinderella, A Version and The Rat King, the latter introducing the Crooked Man who is central to the world of The Book of Lost Things - and an afterword from the author.

'Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother . . .' As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters in his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473657045
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 222 x 142 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel. * Mirror *
Here Connolly steps directly into the enchanted forest, and the journey along its twisting path is as sinister and unsettling as anything invented by the Brothers Grimm . . . Connolly's control of this material is superb; tension, terror and gallows humour make the book a gripping read. But this allegorical coming-of-age story also cleverly shows the way that traditional stories have been used to reflect the sometimes harsh concerns of our world. -- Eithne Farry * Daily Mail *
This is no saccharine fairytale, but an eerie fable that's perfect for long winter nights * Daily Mail *
What gives THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS such a chilling edge is the way the real and illusory worlds sit so comfortably together . . . and the most wicked of the wicked, who goes by the name of The Crooked Man, at times possesses the kind of guile and plausibility of which modern-day politicians would be proud . . . Even if you aren't normally drawn to stories in which the imagination is given such a free rein, there is something tender, something strangely moving about David's experience of the land called Elsewhere. * Daily Express *
Engaging, magical, thoughtful read * Independent *
Connolly imagines the emotional cave-in of puberty intelligently, even perceptively * Guardian *
The material is grim and gripping, but this remains a poignant and imaginative evocation of the distress of losing a loved one. * Daily Telegraph *
A moving fable, brilliantly imagined, about the agony of loss and the pain of young adulthood. * The Times *
A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book. -- Jeffery Deaver
John Connolly has a cult following for his crime novel and can clearly plot twists and turns. He has applied that talent to his own life by producing a very different book . . . a highly original novel using stories that we all know. But think twice before reading his version of Hansel and Gretel to your kids. * The Times *
A new interpretation of old fairy tales, it is imaginative and beautifully written. * Choice *
It's imaginative, funny, sad and profound - fairy tales within a fairy tale, a child's adventure, a fantasy journey; it's about growing old and has the last word on dying . . . Each re-reading still brings a sigh and a moment of reflection. * Radio Times *
The book's epic villainy, mournful tone and tested morality is the essence of Connolly. Worst of all is the Crooked Man, who ranks with the Travelling Man, the Collector and even Mr Pudd among Connolly's most memorable villains. 'THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is peculiar and perverse and humane, with an incredibly lyrical finale. * The Irish Times *
Charming, disturbing and outrageously imaginative. A tremendously exciting change of pace. * Lawrence Jackson, Producer of BBC Radio 4's adaptations of John Connolly's short stories *

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“Ridiculously good”

It's hard to pinpoint just a few of the many reasons why 'Book of Lost things' is so special, as there really are just too many to name. All you really need to know that waiting within it's seeming... More

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“A wonderful escape.”

This book is a masterpiece of escapism! Turning very real personal tragedy in to a land of fairy stories and triumph in the face of seemingly unbeatable foes.

I love this book. I love the ideas in it and I love how... More

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“My new favourite book”

This novel is so good I've lent it to a friend and demanded that my family read it.
It reminds me of Grims fairy tales and completely sucks you in so that you can't put it down. It is both terribly sad but... More

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