Nominated by:

Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand

Publisher of nominated edition:

The Friday Project, USA

Of Things Gone Astray

Janina Matthewson    

2016 Longlist

Mrs Featherby had been having pleasant dreams until she woke to discover the front of her house had vanished overnight…

On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work.

Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother’s sudden death in an earthquake, finds himself strangely attracted to other people’s lost things. But little does he realise that his most valuable possession is slipping away from him.

Of Things Gone Astray is a magical fable about modern life and values.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Janina Matthewson is a writer and trained actress from Christchurch, New Zealand. She now lives in London. Of Things Gone Astray is her first full-length novel.

Librarian’s Comments

This brilliant debut is a magical fable about modern life and values. With wonderful imagery, it is thought-provoking, humorous and cleverly structured.

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