• RRP: £7.99
  • You Save: £5.00 (63%)
FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Lost For Words: 'A book l... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Lost For Words: 'A book lover's dream' Paperback – 20 Apr 2017

4.7 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
£1.95 £2.13
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
£2.99 FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions

Frequently bought together

  • Lost For Words: 'A book lover's dream'
  • +
  • The Keeper of Lost Things: The feel-good novel of the year
Total price: £10.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zaffre (20 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785762591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785762598
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description


Loveday is a compelling character, you love her in the way you love a cat who always scratches but you love it anyway . . . this book is quirky, clever and unputdownable. I really enjoyed it. (Katie Fforde)

Loveday is a marvellous character and she captured my heart from the very first page . . . and her bookshop is the bookshop of readers' dreams. (Julie Cohen, bestselling author of Dear Thing)

Loveday is so spiky and likeable. I so loved Archie, Nathan and the book shop and the unfolding mystery (Carys Bray, author of A Song For Issy Bradley and The Museum of You)

Burns fiercely with love and hurt. A quirky, rare and beautiful novel, one you'd be delighted to unearth in any bookshop. And Loveday Cardew is a character who leaps from the pages into our hearts. (Linda Green, bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed)

It is such a beautiful read and Loveday's voice is so compelling . . . an exquisite story that I couldn't put down. (Liz Fenwick)

Beautifully written and atmospheric. Loveday is an endearing heroine, full of attitude and fragility. The haunting story of her past is brilliantly revealed. (Tracy Rees, Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of Amy Snow)

What an absolute stunner of a book. I LOVED it and cried like a motherf***er. If you care about books (or humans) read it! (Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee)

This book will warm and break your heart in equal measure! Loveday Cardew is funny and sassy, angry and loving, and she is running scared; she wears her scars deep within her and on the outside too. In Butland's consummate hands, the story of Loveday's past and her present is bravely told and is transformative. This is a must-read novel. (Claire Dyer, award-winning poet and author of The Perfect Affair)

A beautiful, touching, moving, sweet treat of a book. Sad, intriguing, cleverly plotted, sometimes shocking, compelling read. I was with Loveday all the way. I absolutely loved it (Jane Wenham-Jones, author of Prime Time)

I just finished. I can totally see why you fell in love with it. What a unique, beautiful novel that cleverly builds to a heart-stopping climax. Any book lovers out there would be mad not to adore the quirkily drawn character of Loveday who pulls you in right from the get go with her distinctive voice! (Tracy Buchanan, number one bestselling author of My Sister' s Secret, The Atlas Of Us and No Turning Back)

Wonderful. So many beautiful one-liners too! (Ayisha Malik, author of Sofia Khan is Not Obliged)

OH poor, brilliant Loveday. Gorgeous, gorgeous bookshop book . . . So, so lovely! (Sarah Franklin, author and Costa Book Awards judge)

Loveday is an incredible character.
Oh, the w riting . . .
Vibrant, vivid, sometimes visceral;
Engaging, funny, searing.
Dares to mix prose and poetry seamlessly.
Archie had me head-over-heels in love.
You can't help but hurt w hen it's over (Helena Sheffield, author of The Art of Wearing Hats)

I loved it! Spent all day today engrossed in Loveday . . . a superbly drawn character. (Alex Gray, bestselling author of The Darkest Goodbye)

I very quickly fell in love with the protagonist, Loveday Cardew...This is a story about hurt and self-preservation but above all else love... (Boofs Books)

I enjoyed Lost For Words; I found it readable, humane and rather perceptive...it's so well done that it felt very fresh and involving to me. Loveday's narrative voice is authentic and very engaging...it is intelligent and thoughtful and almost entirely without implausible sentimentality. There is a distinct whiff of a Richard Curtis film about the plot...I found it genuinely funny in places and very touching in others...an engaging and quite gripping read which I can recommend. (Sid's Book Reviews)

Love at first word! Fascinating. Truly fascinating and spectacular (Articles and More)

A wonderful read for a holiday or weekend. It's a great, immersive read with a big heart. What more could you want? (Hannah Bullimore)

I found myself faced with the question of how much you can hold a mentally ill person accountable for their violent tendencies, and how do you measure whether its their illness or just their evil? If you're looking for a light read with a dark twist I'd recommend Lost for Words. It was a comfort read for me, especially because of the familiarity that comes from a bookish protagonist. (Sumaiyya Reads)

This is the perfect read for any bookworm... The story is warm, effortless, and comfortable. Most of all, it was lovely to be able to connect to a character that felt exactly the same way about books as you do....Read this book. Even if you think this 'might not be your thing' like I did, give it a chance. You might just have found your new favourite book. (A Literary Mind)

I have a fatal weakness for books set in bookshops and whimsical heroines for Lost For Words pushes all my bookish buttons. Loveday Cardew infinitely prefers books to people; she works in a second-hand bookshop called Lost For Words and has her favourite lines from her favourite novels tattooed on her skin. But then mysterious packages begin to arrive for Loveday, each one containing a book that stirs up unsettling memories for her, especially as someone seems to know the secret that Loveday has been hiding for so many years. (Red Magazine)

I loved so many things about this book. It is narrated by the most appealing heroine named Loveday. Loveday is a fantastic character, defensive and spirited...a brilliant story about surviving, and full of hope. I loved this author's way with words and her astute observations. It is is surprising, affecting and beautifully finished but the main thing is that it is brilliant and I suspect my voice will be one of many shouting about how good it is. (Kitty Loves Books)

'A beautiful book' (Prima magazine)

Lost for Words is a book I adored. It's full of warmth with wonderful characters and it's full of the magic and power of books. If you love books set in bookshops, you'll love it. If you love books about damaged people learning to love again, you'll love it. If you love books with quirky characters, you'll love it. In fact, if you love any beautifully written story, you'll love Lost For Words! (Portobello Book Blog)

Fierce, tender, quirky, well-written - Lost for Words is all this and more. There's much to love in this book, but what really makes it stand out is its appeal for readers who don't just read books but adore them: the bookstagrammers, the paperback hoarders, the page sniffers. (the Book Specialist)

The past is handled so very well, and makes the present scenes very understandable and real. As I said, by the time I got to the last few chapters I was invested enough to be teary about it all. (Little Frog Scribbles)

I could gush for hours about Lost For Words; the setting, the characters, the quite dark and disturbing themes...I'd just like everyone to go out and buy a copy and savour it and love it as much as I did. I expect most people will shed a tear or two, and I know that there will be laughs and gasps along the way too. This really is a poignant and beautiful story, told by an author who can captivate an audience so easily. Wonderful. Highly recommended from me. (Random Things Through My Letterbox)

Oh how I adored this book. I loved everything about it. The only thing wrong with it was that I could have read another 100 pages. This is a novel that is an ode to the written word, to the beauty of poetry and the solace that books can provide. But it is not just a celebration of books. It is a novel about how our history shapes us, but doesn't have to define us. It is a novel about love, in its many guises, of friendship and of how we can always re-write our own story. Simply beautiful. (From First Page To Last)

I truly liked Loveday, Nathan and Archie. I wanted to unwrap Loveday's past and find out what keeps her so guarded and untrusting. A wonderful, heartfelt story that pulls on your heart strings and leaves you bereft when finishing it. I could have read on after the book finished, I'm still hungry for more. (Lip Squid Book Blog)

LOST FOR WORDS by Stephanie Butland is such a heartbreaking story...the author perfectly portrays the significance that a book can play in someone's life - the memories they invoke, the connection they can make with the reader, the emotions, the dreams, just everything...a must read for fiction fans everywhere, but especially for those who find books their connection to the world. A beautiful, all-consuming read! (Books of All Kinds)

And oh, how I absolutely loved it. I was completely drawn in from the beginning, loosing track of what was going on around me and completely involved in Loveday's story. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I cared for a fictional character as much as I did this one. It made me laugh and cry, it's both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and it's sad yet filled with hope. And I guarantee you will fall in love with Loveday Cardew too. (Cosy Books)

this is a story with a mystery at its heart, that deals with some hard-hitting subjects... heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure with more than one heart stopping moment. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, it is quite simply brilliant. (Jill's Book Cafe)

Lost For Words is that rare thing . . . a warm, wise and funny tale of our times with a dark and shocking twist . . . truly is a book lover's dream . . . an intriguing story set in an irresistibly charming bookshop, packed with literary references, featuring a cast of eclectic characters and with a gripping and unexpected dénouement guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. (Lancashire Evening Post)

Intriguing and touching story (Sunday Express, S Magazine)

an easy, breezy read... Loveday is an appealing character with a fascinating hinterland. (Daily Mail)

I enjoyed reading this story. The premise is a good one, the ending was heartfelt and I loved the poetry included as part of what helps brings two people together in this story. (Layered Pages)

Yes, I really loved everything about this novel and it's one of my favourite releases of 2017 so far. All in all, 'Lost for Words' is a compelling and lovely read that will warm your heart and leave you with a smile on your face. If you love books about book shops, then definitely do not miss out on this one! (A Spoonful of Happy Endings)

I'm just going to go ahead and say, if you love books, read this one. Seriously it's beautiful and sweet and comforting and heartbreaking. (Is this Real Life)

BOOK OF THE MONTH: Loveday Cardew is a quirky, fiery, likeable character who works at the Lost for Words Bookshop in York. Preferring books to people, she keeps the memories of her painful childhood to herself, hiding her scars deep within her. Warm and spiky, beautifully written and plotted, you'll be swept along by the bitter-sweet storyline to the very end. (Candis Magazine)

Oh, wow. Just...wow... Butland has created such an unforgettable character...To create ONE storyline full of endless emotions, good memories and bad memories, multiple layered characters, AND an exceptional plot and setting, is just...mind-blowing. Stephanie Butland's outstanding writing style is what makes this storyline stand out from the rest, alongside her beautiful creation that is; Loveday. Poignant, heart warming, and totally unforgettable; 'Lost for Words' is the soul-searching, exceptional novel that I have been waiting for. (The Writing Garnet)

If you like something more than just romance in your chick-lit then maybe Loveday's story is one for you. (Shhh we're reading)

There was so much more to this story than I was expecting and I loved how it took me as a reader on a roller-coaster of emotions - I may have shed a few tears! The supporting cast of characters are also beautifully created and add so much to the story of Loveday and it captured my heart as I followed her story. (Books and Me)

Book Description

Smart, compelling and irresistible, Lost for Words combines the emotional intensity of Nathan Filer's Shock of The Fall with the charm of The Little Paris Bookshop.

See all Product description

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Classic case of being seduced by a cover. But what a heartfelt, full of [almost black] humor and tragedy "Lost for Words" is. Loveday* is unique character in a chick-lit: strong and damaged, sweet and bitter, introverted poet and a lover of books.

Quirky first person narrative, drama of the past, heartbreak after heartbreak, mental illness and moving (!) poems by the author, Stephanie Butland.

And last but not least, who can resist a book about a bookshop, right? I simply cannot. So there. 4/5.

*Don't confuse with Lovelace [DVD] ;). And yes, Loveday is a real name!
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A truly wonderful book with a most unusual subject. It ticked all the boxes for me - books, bookshops, York, poetry, Whitby. I read it in one day just after a short stay in Whitby which made it all the more special, and I could identify with all the places. I even saw Lost for Words in the bookshop window there which made me decide to read it as I already had it on my Kindle. Was interested to find out that Stephanie Butland will be at the bookshop this Friday. Would have loved to thank her for this amazing read. Wonderful characters come together to create a beautiful story.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Do you remember when you were a teenager and emotions were a complex puzzle that you were just getting the hang of and then SOMETHING changed that surety? This author has encapsulated that 'angst' and explained the 'yes it's happened and it will be okay some day' . Thank you from an ancient to the author for giving an explanation of Arghhhhhhh!
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Lost for Words written by Stephanie Butland, is described as "A Book Lover's Dream" and this is certainly the correct description for it as the love of books and the words which the author has used makes this clearly a book for those who love books.
The main character who works in a bookshop has her own dream job, through Loveday's love of the written word we get to know her and her past and what makes Loveday the person she is.
I loved this book as it was a tapestry of words which brought me to a bookshop in York where the characters were as different as chalk and cheese yet their love for the written word connected them and for this reason, alone I am happy to recommend as a beautiful work of fiction.
Happy to recommend.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Review of ‘Lost for Words’ by Stephanie Butland
I picked up this book in a promotion for Readers First at the Chipping Norton Literature festival – and Stephanie Butland was there in person to sign the title page for me. Little did I know at the time what a wonderful author she is!

Ms Butland has a really great strength in character creation. Her main character and narrator, Loveday Cardew, was beautifully drawn and we, as readers, could really get inside her world. We could envisage her clearly through her own narrative and how the other characters – particularly Archie, Nathan and her parents – saw her. It was also fascinating how Loveday’s feelings towards her foster mother developed.

Archie was fabulously larger than life, Nathan was perhaps – and in Loveday’s words – too good to be true. But then, Loveday, whose eyes we see them through, is a gloriously flawed and, for that reason, lovable character. The only character who didn’t – quite – work for me was Rob. I felt that there were a few words missing here.

The story itself unfolds delightfully and – suffice it to day – my tear ducts were working overtime for the last 30 pages!

The other bonus for me when I put down a really great book is the insights it gives me into a world I otherwise would not have known. I had the same feeling about the world and mores of the American deep south after reading ‘Huckleberry Finn’, and from Margaret Forster’s acute, especially visual, sensitivity after reading ‘Keeping the World Away’. Ms Butland gave me a far more nuanced, and probably more realistic, insight into domestic violence than is otherwise portrayed in the media.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Delightful novel. The bookshop is really the star of the show, along with its eccentric, non-conformist owner. A great read, especially for book lovers. I had reservations about one of the characters, who didn't quite ring true in the context of this story, but that's a minor quibble. Satisfying, entertaining read.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great book. Gave me a real insight into the trauma endured by children in families where there is domestic violence. The plot twists also made it a real page-turner. Loveday wasn't a reliable narrator, but that just made it all the more interesting.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just loved this book. Just loved Loveday.
And set in a bookshop in my home town of York.
Wonderful writing.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Look for similar items by category