The Keeper of Lost Things by RUTH HOGAN

  • Published: 26/01/2017
  • 320 pages
  • Format: Kindle
  • Rating: 1280px-5_stars.svg

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly 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…

With an unforgettable cast of characters that includes young girls with special powers, handsome gardeners, irritable ghosts and an array of irresistible four-legged friends, The Keeper of Lost Things is a debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that will leave you bereft once you’ve finished reading.



Magical, light and happy comforting read.

I kept seeing this book being mentioned around and it’s taken me quite a long time to get around to read it. Beautifully written story about author with aching heart carrying huge weight of broken promise on his shoulders, doing what he believes will help him to mend the past, at least partially.

As much as I loved the storyline, characters were for me what made this book so special. I fell in love with them and just couldn’t stop reading, couldn’t wait to see how things will work out, how will their lives get fixed,… Sunshine was definitely my favourite, so direct and always happy, loving, forgiving. She just made this book for me so much more enjoyable.

Parallel stories meeting at the end worked very well and the book just left me all warm and content after I finished it. Although this book had some truly heartbreaking moments, it felt very true, even if some parts were still fictional. Author brought a lot of real life elements to the book, which made it better, by including dementia or down syndrome in the story and it just felt like real life story.

I especially loved mention of Brighton in the book, as that’s the city I call home and I always love reading about it in the books. It makes me feel more connected to the story.

This beautiful looking book with enchanting story just belongs on anyones ‘to be read’ pile, especially if you need comforting, sweet, funny and heart-warming read. I will keep recommending it and I will never look at any lost thing the same way again.

15380439_1074702349324231_8698983930340318731_nRuth Hogan

I was born in the house where my parents still live in Bedford: my sister was so pleased to have a sibling that she threw a thrupenny bit at me. As a child I read everything I could lay my hands on: The Moomintrolls, A Hundred Million Francs, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets and gravestones. I was mad about dogs and horses, but didn’t like daddy-long-legs or sugar in my tea.

I studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College which was brilliant, but then I came home and got a ‘proper’ job. I worked for ten years in a senior local government position (I was definitely a square peg in a round hole, but it paid the bills and mortgage) before a car accident left me unable to work full-time and convinced me to start writing seriously. It was going well, but then in 2012 I got cancer, which was bloody inconvenient but precipitated an exciting hair journey from bald to a peroxide blonde Annie Lennox crop. When chemo kept me up all night I passed the time writing and the eventual result was The Keeper of Lost Things.

I live in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and my long-suffering partner (who has very recently become my husband – so I can’t be that bad!) I am a magpie, always collecting treasures, and a huge John Betjeman fan. My favourite word is ‘antimacassar’ and I still like reading gravestones.

You can follow Ruth Hogan’s journey on her website, Facebook or Twitter.
Paperback or kindle version of The Keeper of Lost things can be purchased here.



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