This heart-warming, life affirming best seller is perfect for fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Rosie Project.
Winner, General Fiction Book Of The Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2015.
Winner, Matt Richell New Writer Of The Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2015.At seven years old, Millie Bird realises that everything is dying around her. She wasn’t to know that after she had recorded 27 assorted creatures in her Book of Dead Things her dad would be a Dead Thing, too.
Agatha Pantha is 82 and has not left her house since her husband died. She sits behind her front window, hidden by the curtains and ivy, and shouts at passers-by, roaring her anger at complete strangers. Until the day Agatha spies a young girl across the street.
Karl the touch typist is 87 when his son kisses him on the cheek before leaving him at the nursing home. As he watches his son leave, Karl has a moment of clarity. He escapes the home and takes off in search of something different.
Three lost people needing to be found - but they don’t know it yet. Millie, Agatha and Karl are about to break the rules and discover what living is all about.
Loved around the world, this Australian debut novel will have you laughing, crying, and, by the end, feeling just a little wiser….
The story is as quirky as the characters, but a lovely depiction of the hardships of life and how important our connections and friendships are to getting us through.
I started listening to this book with a lot of excitement. The story of a little girl left behind in a department store is a very engaging start, half way through the book though, the innumerable characters and their minute descriptions of every single thing they do or think becomes trying and irrelevant to what I thought to be the main story...it turns out this is a book about three different people. And how their lives interject. I found it difficult to finish. Just too much unnecessary description and details of irrelevant in and out characters that add nothing to the story.
Loved it. The narrator captured the characters perfectly.
The story was quite unique in its ability to articulate the characters quirky thoughts and personality traits.
A child becomes obsessed with death when her father dies. Her mother sbandons her and this is the story of her search for her mother in the company of two oldies both of whose spouses have died. Its a bizarre tale told through the eyes of the young girl and two oldies who are her partners in crime. crazy, wild and sad. l loved the bold and brittle characters. A tragedy set in modern Australia.
Brilliant story about 3 lost souls and a mannequin learning that trust and togetherness mean everything. It's worth persevering with the narrator's monotone to hear a really lovely tale.