The Keeper of Lost Things – Book of the Week

If you’re looking for a light-hearted, feel-good read to get you through December, you can’t do better than The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan.

Anthony Peardew has spent half his life 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 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…

What We’re Reading – the Library Team’s Reads

The library team are always reading! These are what they currently have their bookmarks in:

Finn is reading Mr Mercedes by Stephen King. He says – ‘Great book, great mystery, well written’



Ryan is reading ZOM-B Underground by Darren Shan. He says ‘It’s very gruesome!’



Alexandra is reading Turtles all the Way Down by John Green. She says ‘So far fantastical’


More Library Team reads next week.

Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Swift – Book of the Week

This week’s Book of the Week is the beautifully written allegorical tale of Anna, aged seven and abandoned in wartime Poland.

Kraków, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she’s alone.

Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna’s missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced.

Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous . . .


The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick – Book of the Week

I have chosen this week’s Book of the Week from our War & Peace display in the library. The Foreshadowing is one of my favourite novels set in World War One, about a girl who has premonitions at the worst possible time to be able to see the future.

It is 1915. Seventeen-year-old Sasha Fox lives a privileged life, but her brothers, Edgar and Tom, cannot avoid the war, and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future, and worst of all what will happen to Edgar and Tom.

Like the prophetess Cassandra, who witnessed a different war on the plains of Troy, Sasha is trapped by her tragic power – for who wants to see the end of their own story…?