‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ by Ruth Hogan was voted a ‘feel good novel’ of the year in 2017 and is definitely a timely Missed Opportunity choice for book clubbers right now. This debut novel is a touching, nostalgic and a delightful easy read choice in book clubs. The book we sometimes all need to reach for!
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THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS
BY Ruth Hogan
They say never judge a book by its cover but with this novel we think it’s about right. ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ by Ruth Hogan was voted a ‘feel good novel’ of the year in 2017 and is definitely a timely Missed Opportunity choice for book clubbers right now. As the cover suggests it’s ‘charming’ and ‘wonderful’ and for those who have ever lost something personal, trivial but precious it’s a story that will resonate. As a debut novel ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ isn’t a polished literary masterpiece but it is a touching, nostalgic and a delightful easy read choice in book clubs. The book we sometimes all need to reach for!
The ‘keeper of lost things’ is an English country gentleman, Anthony Peardew who has spent his life collecting lost objects at his home in Sussex, to atone a promise he made to his fiancé many years before. Realising he is running out of time, Anthony leaves his lost treasures to his assistant, Laura, who is bequeathed his house and estate provided she dedicates her life to returning the lost ‘treasures’. But the final wishes of the Keeper have unexpected consequences that wake up the ghosts of the past and reveal an array of human emotions – not always welcomed!
As part of the nostalgic theme, there is also a fitting dual narrative taking the reader back to the vibrant ‘70s in London with a young Eunice working for a small fun-time publisher, Bomber, who become the best of friends and have a literary and literal link to Anthony’s quest as well as a story of unrequited love and serendipity.
The Den loved the comfy heart-warming and comic undertones of this novel and it definitely ignited conversation around lost ‘moments in time’ and the importance of the ‘missing pieces’. It is also deals with the impact of loss of memory, dementia amongst loved ones, as well as connecting lonely hearts so plenty of conversation starters. Whilst book clubbers may critique its lack of literary finesse most can still enjoy the book club banter. A bright sunshine read.
If you enjoyed 'The Cactus', 'Eleaonor Oliphant' or 'The Rosie Project' this could be one for you!
For Hogan fans, her most recent novel 'Madame Burova' was released earlier this year.