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What Was Lost (Paperback)

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The 1980s: Ten-year-old Kate Meaney - with her 'Top Secret' notebook and Mickey her toy monkey - is busy being a junior detective. She observes goings-on and follows 'suspects' at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping centre and in her street, where she is friends with the newsagent's son, Adrian. But when this curious, independent-spirited young girl disappears, Adrian falls under suspicion and is hounded out of his home by the press.



Then, in 2004, Lisa is working as a deputy manager at Your Music, a cut-price record store. Every day, under the watchful eye of the CCTV, she tears her hair out at the behaviour of her customers and colleagues. But when she meets security guard Kurt, she becomes entranced by the little girl he keeps glimpsing on the centre's CCTV. As their after-hours friendship intensifies, they investigate how these sightings might be connected to the unsettling history of Green Oaks.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/05/2011 ISBN-13: 9781906994259  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Catherine O'Flynn was born in Birmingham in 1970, where she grew up in and around her parents' sweet shop as the youngest child of a large family. She has been a teacher, web editor, mystery customer and postwoman. Her first novel draws on her experience of working in record stores - and of growing up as a child intrigued by clues, suspects and methods of detection.

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Thoroughly deserving of its award nominations, O'Flynn's novel is a striking interrogation of the disappointments and absurdities of modernity. Told through the parallel narratives of a little girl gumshoe who mysteriously disappears, and employees at a soulless shopping centre years later, whose lives she haunts, 'What Was Lost' manages to simultaneously express dejection, joy, alienation and connection with a wonderfully consistent sense of pathos and humour that make for a compelling and delightful read. - Chris-

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 04/12/2012

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