Brooke Davis, Lost & Found

I must admit by January I'm deep in schmultz and thrillers. Truly, madly deeply.

Not actively seeking 'literary' ... just something I can dip in and out of at the beach. 

My sister, an avid reader, picked this debut by Brooke Davis off her bookshelf and insisted I read it. Said it was wonderful and deeply original. It didn't quite fit my holiday 'brain slow' criteria, but I'm jolly glad I've read it. It's like a jolt of the finest lemon sorbet on a hot day, rather than good old rum and raison or chocolate. 

The cover promises to "make you laugh, cry and feel a little wiser" and indeed I did. All of it. 

Written in a vein of "Little Miss Sunshine" , a seven year old girl Millie is abandoned by her mother as short while after her father's death. So begins her quest to find her mother with the aide of two unlikely elderly companions and a delightful and slightly terrifying roadtrip ensues. 

Lost & Found joins other Australian books in the league of  Burial Rites and Rosie Project as she snared multiple international publishing deals and will be published into at least 20 countries. This debut author deserves it. 

Here's a wonderful article on the ABC talking about her grief, finding the topic and writing the book. 

The Blurb, by Hachette Australia (RRP $26.99)

The heart-warming Australian debut that's been sold around the world will have you laughing, crying and, by the end, feeling just a little wiser...

'[an] enchanting debut... Lost & Found is a highly entertaining road trip and much, much more...bubbling with warmth and humour, it also explores loss, death, love and trust.' THE WEST AUSTRALIAN 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. PRAISE for LOST & FOUND 'heartbreaking and funny and brilliant' HERALD SUN 'a lovely, whimsical story' GOOD READING

Biographical Notes 

Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Victoria, and attempted to write her first novel when she was ten years old. It was genre-busting foray into the inner-workings of a young teenage girl's mind-Anne of Green Gables meets The Baby-Sitters Club meets Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret titled Summer Sadness. Fortunately it remains unfinished, as she quickly realised she didn't know the first thing about sadness, or being a teenager. 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. The translation rights have since been sold into sixteen countries and major deals have been confirmed in the United States and Great Britain.