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Lost & Found Hardcover – 29 Jan. 2015
Offbeat and funny… painfully, tenderly observant... [as] three lonely grief-stricken misfits find one another ― The Times
Will generate the same feel-good word of mouth as last year’s bestseller, The Rosie Project. ― Sydney Morning Herald
Both hilarious and devastating. This is a story of loss and hope with one of the most vivid casts of characters I’ve come across. In particular, it is red wellied, seven-year-old Millie our heart weeps and soars for. A great read with ballsy, brilliant writing. A joy. -- Matt Haig, author of The Humans
Here is a mercurial talent... completely authentic and real... Seven-year-old Millie doesn't just tug at the heart strings, she rips them right out... A rich and distinctive debut ― We Love This Book
Thought-provoking and eloquent. Millie, especially, is a divinely brilliant little thing… A very special book that will stay in your heart long after reading. ― Heat
An unexpectedly uplifting book about death, grief and growing old… Lost & Found is an off-kilter glimpse of Australia that builds to a life-affirming climax. ― Sunday Express
Whimsy and wisdom... If you liked Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you'll like this ― Metro
A Wizard of Oz-esque journey... there's a lot of warmth, wisdom and humour here. ― Daily Mail
Heartbreaking and funny and brilliant ― Herald Sun (Australia)
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Agatha Pantha is an eighty-two-year-old woman who hasn't left her home since her husband died. Instead, she fills the silence by yelling at passers-by, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule. Until the day Agatha spies a little girl across the street.
Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven years old and once typed love letters with his fingers on to his wife's skin. He sits in a nursing home, knowing that somehow he must find a way for life to begin again. In a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes.
Together, Millie, Agatha and Karl set out to find Millie's mum. Along the way, they will discover that the young can be wise, that old age is not the same as death, and that breaking the rules once in a while might just be the key to a happy life.
Lost & Found will be adored by 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.
- Publisher : Hutchinson (29 Jan. 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0091958903
- ISBN-13 : 978-0091958909
- Dimensions : 14.4 x 3 x 22.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,113,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I felt for both the elderly Karl, with too much ear hair and not enough head hair, I worried for Agatha, who had never loved anyone, really, and I wanted to know why, and Millie? I just desparately wanted her to find her Mum and be alright. And the end of the book, just half a page, is just right. Not mawkish and manipulative, so no tears in the eyes, but a perfect, perfect finish to a lovely read.
As the synopsis says we have Millie, Millie the abandoned, ‘Just Millie’ as Karl The Touch Typist calls her and reading about Millie it is very hard not to want to pick her up and look after her. Millie is grieving for her dead, literally lost and obsessed with Dead Things. Her Book of Dead Things is one of her most treasured possessions and as the novel progresses, Millie’s sense of abandonment seems to become more and more pronounced.
Next there’s Karl, the oddest of the lot I’d say, he’s a strange character to get along with and it’s truly fantastic that Davis has created what seems to be an octogenarian deliquent in Karl. Everything he does has a mischievious edge and it’s hard not to crack a smile during one of his moments of madness. Karl misses his wife Evie desperately and Davis shows us how normal their love was, how normal they were and there’s comfort in this I think, as a reader. Love is still love, however boring it seems to the outside world, or something like that.
My stand out favourite character is Agatha. Agatha Pantha is something of a legend in her local area. Never leaving her home after her husband’s, sitting in the window shouting insults to anyone who walks past and coming across as a truly despicable and unlikeable person. Of course she isn’t, she rough and brash and feeling every one of her years but it feels like a mask, even in the beginning and throughout the novel Davis chips away at it with wonderful results by the end.
Lost and Found is a wonderful novel, it is sweet and a little bit cutesy. There are moments of disbelief and moments which really do hit home. I’d like to read more by Brooke Davis.