Lost and Found, the bestselling Australian fiction debut of 2014, now an international sensation, will have you laughing, crying and, by the end, feeling just a little wiser . . . A stunning first novel from one of Australia's most exciting young authors.
At seven years old, Millie Bird realises that everything is dying around her. She wasn't to know that after she had recorded twenty-seven assorted creatures in her Book of Dead Things her dad would be a Dead Thing, too.
Agatha Pantha is eighty-two and has not left her house since her husband died. She sits behind her front window, hidden by the curtains and ivy, and shouts at passers-by, roaring her anger at complete strangers. Until the day Agatha spies a young girl across the street.
Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven when his son kisses him on the cheek before leaving him at the nursing home. As he watches his son leave, Karl has a moment of clarity. He escapes the home and takes off in search of something different.
Three lost people needing to be found. But they don't know it yet. Millie, Agatha and Karl are about to break the rules and discover what living is all about.
About the Author
Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Victoria, and attempted to write her first novel when she was ten years old. It was genre-busting foray into the inner-workings of a young teenage girl's mind - Anne Of Green Gables meets The Baby-Sitters Club meets Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret titled Summer Sadness. Fortunately it remains unfinished, as she quickly realised she didn't know the first thing about sadness, or being a teenager.
Lost and Found is Brooke's first proper novel, and she was lucky to write it as part of a PhD at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She still lives there (in Perth, not at university), and is sometimes allowed to work at a very nice bookshop nearby. Much to Brooke's surprise, Lost and Found proved to be the buzz book of the 2014 London Book Fair and will be published in 26 countries around the world.
Everything about the characters and the writing feels exactly right, and the result is a book that's heartbreaking and funny and brilliant. - HERALD SUN
Ultimately powerful exploration of grief from a skillful and original new voice. - KIRKUS REVIEWS
Imagine THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY meets THE ROSIE PROJECT - MARIE CLAIRE
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. - MATT HAIG, author of THE HUMANS
Seven-year-old Millie Bird has lost her mother and, with the help of 82-year-old Agatha Pantha, 87-year-old Karl the Typist, and Manny the store mannequin, she sets out to find her. These curious characters shine from the pages of Brooke Davis' enchanting debut novel . . . Lost & Found
is a highly entertaining road trip and much, much more. Told with childlike perspective, and bubbling with warmth and humour, it also explores loss, death, love and trust. - WEST AUSTRALIANLost & Found
expresses heartfelt and profound humanity - The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times
a lovely, whimsical story
- Good Reading