The Lido by Libby Page Narrated by Clare Corbett #BookReview #audiobook (@LibbyPageWrites) @LitRedCorvette @OrionBooks @audibleuk #freereading #TheLido

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Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers…. 

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing – the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband, George, is gone. Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her. She’s at the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper and is determined to make something of it. So when the local lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. 

And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her. Together they are determined to make a stand, to show that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community. Together they will show the importance of friendship, the value of community and how ordinary people can protect the things they love. 

What a beautiful story this is. A story about an unlikely friendship between a young, anxious and lonely girl starting a new life in a city where she knows no one and an elderly woman who has lived in the same place all her life, but who has discovered that you still need new friends, however old you get. It is a story about community and what that means in a city that faces all the changes that modern life brings. It is a story about the things that are perceived as important versus the things that actually really matter. And it is a beautiful love story that spans half a century.

I loved everything about this book. The gentle storytelling. The genuine heart of the characters and their honest and down-to-earth friendships. The vivid descriptions of a lively neighbourhood and the changes that it sees over the decades. The ordinary and yet extraordinary love story between two people who were always meant to be together and who were each other’s everything. It’s about friendship and love and neighbourliness and old age and grief and loneliness and family and how a community lido represents all of this.

The book really moved me throughout. The characters really spoke to me, and made me care about them and the fate of the Lido. I was gently gripped by their individual plights, and what was affecting them as a community. It represented the very best of the way people can be, something we need more of in the current climate where everyone seems to be at loggerheads all the time. This is uplit at a time when we all need it.

Loved it, every minute.

The Lido is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.

About the Author

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Libby Page is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lido and The 24-Hour Café.

Before writing The Lido Libby worked as a campaigner for fairer internships, a journalist at the Guardian and a Brand Executive at a retailer and then a charity. She also shares her swimming adventures with her sister Alex at @theswimmingsisters.

Connect with Libby:

Website: https://libbypage.co.uk

Facebook: Libby Page Writes

Twitter: @LibbyPageWrites

Instagram: @libbypagewrites

A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley #BookReview #BlogTour (@hello_hurley) @HeraBooks @RaRaResources #PublicationDay #RachelsRandomResources #ANewLifeForArianaByrne

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I’m delighted today to be one of the blogs kicking off the blog tour for A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley. It’s also publication day for the book, so happy publication day, Liz! My thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Tours for inviting me to take part and to the publisher for my digital copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

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What happens after all your dreams come true?

Ariana Byrne knows how to survive. After becoming guardian to her four little sisters after their parents died when she was only eighteen, she had to grow up quickly. Now she’s in her twenties, stuck in a loveless marriage to Greg, trying to make ends meet for her young twins, William and Leo.

So when Ari is told that she’s actually the Right Honourable Lady de Foix, Countess of Hiverton, owner of a sprawling estate in the village of Saxburgh in Norfolk, her first instinct is laughter. Surely the girl who has to choose between food and keeping the lights on isn’t really rich beyond her wildest dreams?

She knows how to take care of her sisters and her children, but how on earth can Ari take care of an entire village? Can she fight off the circling land developers from Saxburgh, and stop her in-laws from grabbing all the money for themselves?

And while she’s struggling to settle in and settle down, she’s making new friends and new mistakes. Trusting her gorgeous neighbour, Sebastian Flint-Hyssop, may be the biggest one of all…

She’s swapped sink estate for country estate…but can a girl from inner city London learn how to become a Lady?

Take a trip to Hiverton Manor for the most uplifting novel of 2020 – guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Fans of Jenny Colgan, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews will love this romantic, feelgood read.

I was quite keen to take on the blog tour for this book because I thought that a light, fun, uplifting romance was just what I might need to brighten up these cold, wet, dull days. I wasn’t wrong, and this book delivered on every level.

The premise is bonkers of course, an orphaned girl brought up in inner London, mothering her four younger sisters after her parents’ death, living in a loveless marriage, finds out she is actually a duchess? Madness, but the author completely takes this tongue-in-cheek and runs with it entirely in this spirit, and produces a charming and fun story for any reader willing to suspend their disbelief and go along for the ride.

The character of Ariana is in the best traditions of romantic heroines the world over, feisty and determined, but with enough problems and insecurities to make her interesting. You will be rooting for her from the word go and cheering when things start to go her way. There are some appalling characters in the shape of her husband and in-laws that you will love to hate, and they produce some real laugh out loud moments in the book. Ariana’s twin sons are total dotes and I adored them, and then there were her sisters.

Ariana’s sisters are an interesting bunch, all with their own personalities and strengths and weaknesses. I loved the bits where the five of them were all interacting – I am the eldest of four girls so sisterly dynamics are kind of my thing – and I would like to have seen more of this. I did think that the author was setting up each sister to get her own story by the way they were portrayed here, and the author confirmed this in her end note, and I really look forward to finding more about them and see their relationships continue.

I really enjoyed reading about Ariana’s move from London to Norfolk and her transformation from rags to riches and how she copes. It was done with a lot of affection and humour and made for extremely enjoyable reading. The romance aspect was suitably full of tension, misunderstandings and tenderness (why do people who like each other never TALK?) and was resolved to my delight. The writing was upbeat, funny and flowing, all in all a strong debut.

This book is a great addition to the romantic comedy canon and I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fresh new voice in this genre and I look forward to reading more about the de Foix sisters in coming instalments.

A New Life for Ariana Byrne is out today and you can buy a copy here.

This book is taking a tour of some fabulous blogs over the coming week so make sure you check out the rest of the stops:

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About the Author

When I grew up I wanted to be an underwater archaeologist or an astronaut but I ended up in a library. Everyone laughed as I’m not a naturally quiet person but I loved it. I went on to become a professional librarian for the money and the glamour. Not finding quite enough of either my husband and I set up a bookshop.  We didn’t find much there either so I started writing. Now I have loads of money and glamour but only in the pages of my books! In the meantime I dive and look at the stars.

Connect with Liz;

Website: https://www.lizhurleywrites.com

Facebook: The Other Liz Hurley

Twitter: @hello_hurley

Instagram: @liz_hurley_writes

Bucket List Entry #6: Angkor Wat, Cambodia #AngkorWat #Cambodia #bucketlist #travel #wanderlust

 

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I have to confess, I have never been to Asia and this is a great source of consternation to me as a professed travel junkie. And top of my bucket list of locations to visit in Asia is Cambodia, and the top of my dream Cambodian itinerary is a trip to Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat means ‘Temple City’ or ‘City of Temples’ in Khmer and is a Hindu temple complex 4 miles north of the Cambodian city of Siem Reap and is the largest religious monument in the world.

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It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum.

The site is the pride of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992.

The temple is celebrated for its bas reliefs and devatas. Over the years, the temple was neglected and large parts of it reclaimed by the jungle until it was extensively restored in the twentieth century, but it was never completely abandoned and has been a continuous religious centre since its construction.

I can never see images of magnificent places like this in remote places that have existed for thousands of years and marvel at the skill and ingenuity and determination it took to construct them in eras that did not have access to the modern technology available today. How were these buildings constructed in such a way that has allowed them to exist through the centuries? The devotion to their faith that compelled people to create these monuments to their gods is something to be marvelled at.

Whether you have a faith or not, a place like this has to be worth a pilgrimage to marvel at what human beings are capable of if they have the will, and I hope to get there myself in the not too distant future.

Tempted by…my way by starlight: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer @waybystarlight @BrigidKemmerer @KidsBloomsbury #ACurseSoDarkAndLonely #Cursebreakers #bookbloggers #amreading #readingrecommendations

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Fall in love, break the curse.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on.

Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother’s deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfalll … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.

This week on Tempted by… I have a genre I don’t read very often, Young Adult, and I was persuaded to step out of my comfort zone and pick up this copy of A Curse So Dark and Lonely  by Brigid Kemmerer after I read this review by Kaite at my way by starlight.

Kaite writes about this book with such passion and tenderness, explaining how it helped her out at a really difficult time. This is what all of the best literature does, transports you to another time, place or simple headspace just when you need it. It made me wonder if the book could do the same for me. In addition, who doesn’t love a fairytale retelling, and Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourites. I have discovered some of my favourite reads by being persuaded by other bloggers to step out of my comfort zone over the past three years, so I look forward to seeing where this book takes me.

This spirit of wanting to experience books that are out of my normal genre choices is one of the main reasons I was attracted to Kaite’s blog in the first place. She reads in quite different genres to me, but her reviews are always heartfelt and inspiring. And she also has an awesome Bookstagram feed which is gorgeous and fills me with jealousy and inspiration at the same time. Make sure you visit Kaite’s lovely blog at my way by starlight.

And is you have been equally tempted by this review to want a copy of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, you can get a copy here. Book 2 in the Cursebreaker series, A Heart So Fierce and Broken is also out now.

The Ballad of Fat Labrador (Weekend Rockstars Book 2) by Dave Holwill #BookReview (@daveholwill) #WeekendRockstars #TheBalladOfFatLabrador

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I’m delighted to be reviewing The Ballad of Fat Labrador by Dave Holwill on the blog today. My thanks to the author for asking me to review the book and for providing me with a digital copy, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

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It’s been a blissful ten years since George put down his bass, left the Artful Badgers and vowed never to play in public again. But when tragedy strikes his best friend he’ll do anything to help. 

Unfortunately that means going back out on the road, and this time he’s taking his daughter with him.

Alice has realised she wants more from her best friend than she is prepared to give and the band they have spent so long building up may not survive the fallout. 

Luckily her dad has the perfect plan to take her mind off of it.

It might feel more like a support group than a band, but if George can’t keep it under control then it could destroy his best friend’s life, his daughter’s happiness and what’s left of his own sanity.

Join George, Alice, Tim and a whole host of familiar faces as George is dragged back into a world to which he hoped he’d never have to return.

This book is ostensibly a sequel to Dave’s first book, Weekend Rockstars. That is actually the only book by Dave Holwill that I haven’t read, so I am in a strong position to say that The Ballad of Fat Labrador works perfectly well as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any back story or was confused about what was going on because I hadn’t read the first book.

This is the third book I have read by this author and, although they have all been different as far as plot and genre and tone go, they all have one thing in common, and this is that they are completely driven by character. This author is a genius at drawing likeable, compelling and realistic characters that work brilliantly to bond with the reader and carry the plot. This book is peopled with … well, people that I fell in love with and was happy to spend several hours in the company of, sharing their adventures. In fact, I was very sad to part company with them at the end of the book.

We follow the adventures of George, a retired guitarist from covers band The Artful Badgers, who now works for the Post Office and manages his 17-year-old daughter’s musical duo. Then events conspire to upset the ordered progress of his life and he finds himself back in a band to support his bereaved best friend through his grief, and his daughter whose band splits. Cue a litany of mishaps as a ragtag group take to the road in search of fame and glory and peace of mind. It is a wonderful premise for a plot and, given the detail of what goes on, the author has obviously included a lot of personal experience in the writing of this novel.

This book is written with such warmth and affection that reading it is like snuggling down under a blanket with a bottle of wine with your best friend for an evening reminiscing about your misspent youth, as seen through a couple of pairs of rose-tinted spectacles. The characters felt like real people, and people you want to spend time with, and they evidently care deeply about each other. Through the bickering and mishaps and bad decisions, what shines through in this book, is a real sense of love and family and, when it boils down to it, that is what this book is about. Friendship and family and being there for one another through good times and bad. And how family is more than just the immediate people you are born to or married too. It is messy and sprawling and complicated and just yours, whatever you make it and however you make it work, and it is what keeps you going through the ups and downs of life.

As well as all the philosophical and soppy, mushy stuff, this book is hilariously funny. It is a warts and all look at the life of a low level band, playing covers in pubs and working men’s clubs, musical differences, shifting line ups, no sex, a few drugs and not very rock and roll. And lots of men called Lawrence. I came away from reading it with a huge smile on my face and a Ready Brek glow around my heart. A lovely piece of work that deserves attention.

The Ballad of Fat Labrador is out of 14 February and you can pre-order a copy here. If you fancy reading the first book in the series first, Weekend Rockstars is available here.

About the Author

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Dave Holwill published his first book, Weekend Rockstars: a romantic comedy loosely based on 25 years as a gigging musician, in 2016. He followed this up with dark comedies The Craft Room and Gap Years before bringing out the sequel to Weekend Rockstars, The Ballad Of Fat Labrador, in 2020. He lives in Devon with his wife and a not inconsiderable number of pets.

Connect with Dave:

Website: http://daveholwill.com/index.html

Blog: http://davedoesntwriteanythingever.blogspot.com

Facebook: Dave Holwill

Twitter: @daveholwill

Instagram: @dave_holwill

Sunday Night Drinks with…. Lorraine from The Book Review Cafe @ReviewCafe @OrendaBooks @kimbochambers @RobertBryndza @nholten40 @sarahlovescrime #bookbloggers #bookblogging #amreading #FridayNightDrinks

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Due to technical difficulties, my usual Friday Night Drinks had to be postponed so this week I am having a mellow, winding-down-the-weekend Sunday Night Drink with one of my favourite bloggers…..Lorraine from The Book Review Cafe 

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Lorraine, thank you for joining me for this slightly postponed drink this evening, and braving Storm Ciara on a night any sane person would be tucked up at home. First things first, what are you drinking?

It’s going to have to be a pink gin (double) with slimline tonic please, and easy on the ice.

My kind of girl! If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

I’m not one for big nights out, been there done that! If you wanted a night out we would probably have to travel to my nearest town as we live in a small village, but as we will probably be talking books how about you come to mine? I’m sure my lovely hubby would cook for us, he’s a fabulous cook, and we have all the drinks you could wish for in our bar at the back of the house! You wouldn’t even have to dress up.

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Sounds wonderful. If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

Karen Sullivan the founder of Orenda Books she’s such a fabulous supporter of book bloggers, she’s also published some of the most amazing books I’ve had the pleasure to read. There’s so many questions I would like to ask her about publishing, and if I got her tipsy enough hopefully I could get her to share details on all the books Orenda are releasing this year. My second guest would be Kimberly Chambers (sorry I know you said a male, but I’m a rebel), not only is  she  hilarious but she’s fascinating too, I’m sure some of her characters are based on real life characters, so perhaps I could get her to reveal which ones.

Great choices, I would love to meet Karen in person! So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I started blogging almost five years ago, and I never thought much about where I wanted my blog to go, I just wanted to share my love of books, but now I feel like I’m at a crossroads , and I’m thinking through some options at the moment regarding developing my blog.

What has been your proudest moment since you started blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?

My proudest moment has to be when I spot a quote from my review on a book cover, I’m quoted on The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza (one of my favourite authors) and the author kindly sent me the Spanish and Turkish books, it’s moments like this when I have to pinch myself.

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My biggest challenge? I’ve have been blogging for nearly five years now and I must admit I’m struggling to write my reviews, I seem to be writing the same thing over and over again!  so I do worry people will get bored with reading them. Also it’s a challenge to find the time to read all the books on my TBR pile, there’s just not enough hours in the day.

I hear you, I feel exactly the same. What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

I would love to give up work, and work from home doing something book related, but in all honesty I think I have more chance of winning the lottery 😂.

Wouldn’t that be amazing? What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

I’m looking at some options, all blog related, at the moment it’s all about the research,  but watch this space.

I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

I have been lucky enough to have visited some amazing places, my favourite has to be Australia it’s such a vast country with so many amazing places to visit. A close second is the beautiful Greek island of Symi. My husband and I have a made a kind of bucket list pact, we want to visit as many of the Greek Islands as possible over the next few years. If I won the lottery it would have to be Bora Bora it looks like paradise.

Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

I’m the victim of a serial killer! Now that got your attention. I’ve just read Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten which will be published on the 14th March 2020. Imagine my delight when I started reading this book and realised I’m actually a character in a book, in fact the investigation is based on my grisly demise! It’s a cracking read.

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Nice to see that Noelle has continued the tradition from book one. It made me laugh when I recognised the names from her first book! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

The Home by Sarah Stovell, it’s  a beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking  read that will haunt me for a long time to come. One book did you say? I guess the Gin’s going to my head 😂

Also every book written by Kimberley Chambers, I’m a huge fan of her gritty gangland thrillers.

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One more little secret … one more little lie…

When the body of a pregnant fifteen-year-old is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away…

As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.

I’ve read so many great reviews of this book recently, I must add it to my TBR. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

Don’t drink too much!  Since I swapped to gin, I can’t remember the last time I had a hangover!  I used to never drink on an empty stomach, and made sure I drank plenty of water after a night -out, as that’s meant to stop you getting a hangover but guess what? It never worked!

Gin doesn’t give me a hangover either, i think because it’s diluted with the tonic, stops me getting dehydrated. After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

A day in my pj’s, snuggled under my blanket,  a takeaway, followed by a box set on Netflix, ohhh and a family size bag of chocolate buttons (and yes I would eat the whole bag!)

Sounds perfect. Lorraine, thank you so much for coming on the blog, this has been great fun.

Lorraine loves books and coffee and always has a book or her kindle in her hand, and more often than not a cup of good coffee. She especially enjoys reading crime and psychological thrillers and these are the books she mostly reviews on her blog, The Book Review Cafe. Lorraine started her blog in late August 2015 when she was off work after suffering an injury at work. She was bored one day and decided to start up a book blog. She never really thought about where her blog would lead, and never in a million years did she think any one would end up reading it, let alone follow her! or that she would be in contact with some of her favourite authors. She works, so her life is pretty hectic, but she always finds time to read and review books, although she does get frustrated that she am unable to read as much as she would like. 
You absolutely must check out Lorraine’s wonderful blog, and you can also catch up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Next week, Friday Night Drinks will be back on, well, Friday when I am having Valentine’s Day drinks with author and publisher, Louise Walters.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan Narrated by Jane Collingwood and Sandra Duncan #BookReview #audiobook (@ruthmariehogan) @TwoRoadsBooks @JaneCollingwoo1 @audibleuk #freereading #KeeperOfLostThings

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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….

At the risk of being accused of hyperbole, I am going to tell you that this may be the most perfect book I have read in a long while. It has absolutely everything I love in a good work of fiction, novelty of plot, sympathetic characters, romance, comedy, pathos, a hint of the supernatural and a fabulous ending. I adored every single minute I spent listening to it and I did not want it to end.

What a fantastic premise for a book, somebody picking up random items that have been lost in public and trying to get them reunited with their missing owners. I loved all the little stories that were attached to the missing items, the snippets of insight into everyday lives they gave -many of which took the most unexpected turn.

The characters in this book were just a delight, every single one of them, even the dreadful Portia who produced some of my favourite parts of the book – but more about that later. Anyone who reads this book could not help but fall in love with Rose, and wish her to get her happy ending, the marvellous and insightful Sunshine, gentle and generous Anthony and his heartbreaking story, Bomber and Eunice and their dogs… Everyone of them a beautiful and lovingly drawn portrait of a person that is essential to the story and will tug on the heartstrings of the reader, making them care very much about what happens to them, and the odd assortment of detritus that becomes so essential to their happiness. The way the characters and their stories and the objects were intertwined is so beautifully and cleverly done, reading it was just a joy.

This book made me feel everything. It was hilariously funny in places. I found myself actually laughing out loud at the parts where the plots of Portia’s novels were read out, proper big belly laughs. There were parts of the book that had my eyes pricking with tears – particularly the story of Eunice and Bomber, which was so gorgeous and real and sensitively drawn, they are characters and a story that will stay with me a good long while. And the ending, oh the ending had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck, and I mean that literally. I know it has taken me a long while to get to this book after its initial publication and the excitement surrounding that, but maybe this book was just waiting for the right time for me to find it. Maybe it was just what I needed right now and I would not have loved it as much if I had read it at another time. Whatever, all I know is that it has moved me and made me profoundly happy now that I have discovered it.

I think you can tell, I absolutely love this book. It definitely has a place on my forever shelf and I know I will come back to it again and again. The audio version is wonderful, the performances captured the characters beautifully but I look forward to reading it again soon in the physical version to see if I have a different reaction, if there are nuances to be found that I’ve missed. In any event, one of my favourite books of recent years, a definite keeper.

The Keeper of Lost Things is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.

About the Author

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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 loved the Brownies but hated the Guides, was obsessed with ponies and read everything I could lay my hands on.  Luckily, my mum worked in a bookshop.  My favourite reads were The Moomintrolls, A Hundred Million Francs, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets, and gravestones.

I passed enough O and A levels to get a place at Goldsmiths College, University of Londonto study English and Drama.  It was brilliant and I loved it.

And then I got a proper job.

I worked for ten years in a senior local government position (Human Resources – Recruitment, Diversity and Training). I was a square peg in round hole, but it paid the bills and mortgage.

In my early thirties I had a car accident which left me unable to work full-time and convinced me to start writing seriously.  I got a part-time job as an osteopath’s receptionist and spent all my spare time writing.  It was all 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 husband.  I spend all my free time writing or thinking about it and have notebooks in every room so that I can write down any ideas before I forget them.  I am a magpie; always collecting treasures (or ‘junk’ depending on your point of view) and a huge John Betjeman fan.  My favourite word is antimacassar and I still like reading gravestones.

Connect with Ruth:

Website: http://ruthhogan.co.uk

Facebook: Ruth Hogan

Twitter: @ruthmariehogan

Instagram: @ruthmariehogan