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The Book of Lost Things

The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things

"Everything You Can Imagine is Real."
   —Pablo Picasso

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.

But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: 'Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king.'

And as war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination yet frighteningly real, a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a legendary book . . .

The Book of Lost Things.

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"The Book of Lost Things is peculiar and perverse and humane, with an incredibly lyrical finale."
   —The Irish Times

"I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book."
   —Jeffery Deaver

"A beautiful, haunting story, uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time, which keeps you thinking long after the book has been closed."
   —John Quirk, Manx Independent

"Author John Connolly manages to combine outrageous, yet believable fantasy with horrific murders while he entertains you with a story that holds you in thrall."
   —Alan Paul Curtis, Who Dunnit

Atria Books, US & Canada hardcover, November 2006, ISBN: 9780743298858
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, US & Canada paperback, August 2011, ISBN: 9781442429345
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, September 2006, ISBN: 9780340899465
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, April 2007, ISBN: 9780340899489