Nominated by:

The State Library of Western Australia, Perth

Publisher of nominated edition:

Hachette Australia

Lost & Found

Brooke Davis      

2016 Longlist

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.

(from publisher)

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 a genre-busting foray into the inner-workings of a young teenage girl’s mind. Lost & Found is her 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 & Found proved to be the buzz book of the 2014 London Book Fair and the translation rights have since been sold into twenty-five countries.

Librarian’s Comments

A debut novel that is highly acclaimed – shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2015 (Best Debut Fiction Book).

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