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Lost and (&) Found

Brooke Davis


Hachette Australia

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


272 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Millie Bird, aged 7, records dead things in her special book, but she wasn’t to know her Dad would be the 28th entry. Nor was she to know when her mother leaves her in the ladies’ underwear section of the department store, how long she would have to wait.

Karl, aged 87, has been left in an old people’s home and he doesn’t know how much more of his life he has to wait. And Agatha Pantha, aged 82, has been left alone after her husband dies and she doesn’t know how much longer she has to record measurements in her book of ageing.

How these three different characters form a unit makes for a charmingly off-centre story, as they escape their enforced waiting and attempt to reunite themselves with family, love and life. Throw in an incomplete mannequin, public transport, the Indian-Pacific and an assortment of helpful or interfering minor characters and you have a fine road trip of a read.

In turns, funny and poignant, wise and wide-ranging, this book crosses boundaries and deserves all the success it will inevitably have!

Brooke came in to Abbey's recently. It was 'the' book at the recent London Book Fair and has already been sold into 16 countries, with major deals in the US and UK - not bad for a debut novel! Brooke has worked as a bookseller in Victoria and Perth (where she now lives) and charmed everyone she met at the recent booksellers' conferences in Melbourne, with her modesty, intelligence and good nature. Her book is a universal favourite amongst those of us who have read it in advance of release, and we look forward to sharing this wonderful book with the wider reading public! Lindy
Photo: Brooke Davis (centre) at Abbey's 
Lost & Found and Brooke Davis at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

By:   Brooke Davis
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9780733632754
ISBN 10:   0733632750
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   June 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Victoria, and attempted to write her first novel when she was ten years old. It was genre-busting foray into the inner-workings of a young teenage girl s mind Anne of Green Gables meets The Baby-Sitters Club meets Are You There God? It's Me Margaret titled Summer Sadness. Fortunately it remains unfinished, as she quickly realised she didn't know the first thing about sadness, or being a teenager. Lost & Found is her first proper novel, and she was lucky to write it as part of a PhD at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She still lives there (in Perth, not at university), and is sometimes allowed to work at a very nice bookshop nearby.

Lost & Found expresses heartfelt and profound humanity - Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times a lovely, whimsical story - Good Reading a book that's heartbreaking and funny and brilliant - Herald Sun Seven-year-old Millie Bird has lost her mother and, with the help of 82-year-old Agatha Pantha, 87-year-old Karl the Typist, and Manny the store mannequin, she sets out to find her. These curious characters shine from the pages of Brooke Davis' enchanting debut novel... Lost & Found is a highly entertaining road trip and much, much more. Told with childlike perspective, and bubbling with warmth and humour, it also explores loss, death, love and trust. - The West Australian

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