The Book of Lost Things

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Hodder, 2007 - Bereavement in children - 502 pages
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'Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother ...'As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters, his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.

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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

Not the style of book fantasy/ fairy tales for adults that I usually read, but John Connolly wrote it, so I gave it a try. Definitely different, but in a good way, and worth a reading. Read full review

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User Review  - spiritedstardust - LibraryThing

This book was tinged with the darkness of the Brothers Grimm, and for some reason it played out in my head visually like Pan's Labyrinth. I liked the idea and the use of fairytales but there were some ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

John Connolly is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. His debut - EVERY DEAD THING - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. Before becoming a novelist, he spent five years working as a journalist for The Irish Times, to which he continues to contribute. In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.
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