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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Richard and Judy autumn book club 2017.

One of the Mail on Sunday's 'Best books for the beach this summer'

Meet the Keeper of Lost Things.... 

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

And if you loved The Keeper of Lost Things, don't miss Ruth Hogan's second novel The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, which is out now.

©2017 Ruth Hogan (P)2017 John Murray Press

Critic Reviews

"One of the most charming novels either of us has read. Don't lose it. Keep it." (Richard & Judy

"The first book I read in 2017 - and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I'll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles." (Daily Mail)

"Captures perfectly and heartbreakingly the small moments on which a life can turn." (Kirsty Wark, author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-07-17

Wonderful book

A beautiful story, wonderfully read. The characters came alive on the page and Sunshine was adorable.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs JEL
  • 04-02-17

A story to become lost in...

Lovely, original storyline, unusual mixture of central characters, all of whom I warmed to increasingly as the plot unfolded, some of whom I liked immediately. Not my usual choice of genres, but I loved it! So much so that I found myself laughing out loud at a funeral scene on my way to my first radiotherapy treatment!
A gentle, life-affirming tale.

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  • P. Harvey-Field
  • 04-04-17

Beautiful

What a lovely story. Funny and poignant, each character is as wonderfully crafted as the story itself. A love story without being overly sentimental.

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  • Jenny C.
  • 03-05-17

Charming

Loved the original idea. Really well crafted characters that kept your interest throughout. Looking forward to her next one!

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  • Mrs. H. L. Rider
  • 04-02-17

Enchanting

What a great premise Bagpuss for grown ups. With twists and turns I didn't see and some I enjoyed watching develop. A wonderful combination of author and performer making an amazing piece much richer for each component. The loving and honest character of Sunshine was painted with painful accuracy and much affection bringing to mind characters from my past. I loved how the author portrayed her as a young lady often underestimated, wise yet innocent. Just a hint of menace gives the tale that final boost before a gratifying finish. All in all a great listen and one I shall revisit with great relish.

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  • S. C. Manzi
  • 02-18-17

Well woven

A beautiful love story - woven with engaging characters and a comforting denouement, very enjoyable to listen to

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  • katie
  • 04-28-17

Lovely lovely book!

I've listened to a lot of audible books but this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review! I loved this book, it's laugh out loud funny at times, sweet without being sickly so and also moving without being cliche or 'hammy'. I've dabbles with a few books which are general fiction leaning towards 'chick lit' which mixed success, in fact I can think of only two others I enjoyed; the trouble with goats and sheep and the one plus one. This is up there with them, there a few unexplained things, there are a few subplots which could have been teased out further and which I'd have happily listened to more of, but it is still a lovely book. I even had a look at what other books Ruth Hogan had written only to find this was her first published novel!

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  • Victoria
  • 04-02-17

bloody brilliant

Narration was lovely to listen too. Beautiful story, heartfelt and laugh out loud funny in places. Totally recommend for a listener with empathy and an open mind. I've started collecting lost things too now and pondering their stories.

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  • 10-25-17

Don't rely on your friend's recommendation!

Expected to really enjoy this following a friends recommendation and started off ok and nice character development but it lost the plot with the whole thing about a ghost. Doors locked by ghosts and records playing themselves take some stretch of imagination. The narrator's voice became increasingly irritating but maybe this was partly due to my having lost patience with the story.

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  • Stacey
  • 04-04-17

dazzling unique story beautifully told

i brought this book on a whim based on the reviews and am so glad i did. its a gorgeous story of love life and lost things. the characters are brought to life by the excellent narration and the storry is witty, original and exquisitely told
i would recommend it to everyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-18

Couldn't Stop Listening

Loved every minute of this beautiful story... I was so invested in the characters that I couldn't help but shed a tear when it ended.