Wednesday 1 February 2017

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan #BlogTour @ruthmariehogan @TwoRoadsBooks

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.
Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.
But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters...
With an unforgettable cast of characters that includes young girls with special powers, handsome gardeners, irritable ghosts and an array of irresistible four-legged friends, The Keeper of Lost Things is a debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that will leave you bereft once you've finished reading.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is out now, priced at £16.99, published by Two Roads Books.

I'm delighted to welcome you to the special Blog Tour for Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things. I absolutely love this book, I was lucky enough to read an early copy back in December of last year and have been shouting about it ever since.  Do check out my full Random Things review; here's a little taster:

"Every now and again, a book comes along that can make the reader laugh out loud and then cry within just a couple of pages. The Keeper of Lost Things is one of those books. I have been absolutely entranced by it for the past few days. 
This story is multi-layered, with a range of themes. It's a love story, it has a bit of magic, there are ghosts and story-telling. The author explores family dynamics, relationships, illness and loss, and all are dealt with beautifully and with feeling.
The Keeper of Lost Things is an absolute delight. It is gentle and charming and full of wisdom. I loved every page."

Please join me in welcoming Ruth Hogan to Random Things, she's put together a little piece about one of her little curiosities, and what drew her to this object:

A rusty key always speaks to me of a mystery.    I found this one on a pathway between a housing estate and our local Victorian cemetery.    It was partially buried and looked as though it had been there for quite a while.    What does this key unlock?             Who dropped it?      Did they ever come back and search for it among the leaves and bark chippings, before going home empty-handed?   Unfortunately, I’ll never know, but then, I can always make up my own story!            ** Ruth Hogan, February 2017 

Hello dear readers, please allow me to introduce myself...
I was born in the house where my parents still live in Bedford. My sister was so pleased to have a sibling that she threw a thrupenny bit at me.
As a child I read everything I could lay my hands on. Luckily, my mum worked in a bookshop. My favourite reads were THE MOOMINTROLLS, A HUNDRED MILLION FRANCS, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, and the back of cereal packets, and gravestones.
I passed enough A levels to get a place at Goldsmiths College, University of London, to study English and Drama. It was brilliant and I loved it.
And then I got a proper job.
I worked for ten years in a senior local government position: a square peg in round hole, but it paid the bills and mortgage. In my early thirties I had a car accident which left me unable to work full-time and convinced me to start writing seriously.
It was all going well, but then in 2012 I got Cancer, which was bloody inconvenient but precipitated an exciting hair journey from bald to a peroxide blonde Annie Lennox crop. When chemo kept me up all night I passed the time writing and the eventual result was THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS, my first novel.
I live in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and my long-suffering partner. I am a magpie; always collecting treasures (or 'junk' depending on your point of view) and a huge John Betjeman fan.
My favourite word is' antimacassar' and I still like reading gravestones.

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