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Lost & Found: Extract

‘If you liked Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you’ll like this’ Metro

Brooke Davis’s Lost & Found was the No. 1 bestselling debut in Australia in 2014 (an accolade awarded to The Rosie Project in 2013.)

Seven-year-old Millie Bird is left alone beneath the Ginormous Women’s underwear rack in a department store. Her mum never returns.

Agatha Pantha is eighty-two and hasn’t left home since her husband died. Until the day Agatha spies a little girl across the street.

Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven and in a nursing home. He remembers how he once typed love letters with his fingers on to his wife’s skin. Now widowed, he knows that somehow he must find a way for life to begin again. In a moment of clarity, he escapes.

Together, Millie, Agatha and Karl set out to find Millie’s mum. And along the way, they will discover that the young can be wise, that old age is not the same as death, and that breaking the rules once in a while might just be the key to a happy life.

‘Both hilarious and devastating. 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. A joy’ Matt Haig, author of The Humans

Read an extract of Lost & Found here

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