Helen Paris

Lost Property
  • Lost Property

  • A story of hope, forgiveness and kindness, Lost Property reminds us to keep our loved ones (along with our bags and umbrellas) close...

    'An enthralling read, full of rich descriptions and characters you can't help but love' Hazel Prior, bestselling author of Away with the Penguins
    'A lovely novel about loss and reconnection...both satisfying and joyful' Lissa Evans


    One lost purse.
    One lost woman.
    A chance encounter that changes everything.

    Dot Watson has lost her way. Wracked with guilt and struggling with grief, she has tucked herself away in the London Transport Lost Property office, finding solace in the process of cataloguing misplaced things. It's not glamorous or exciting, but it's solitary - just the way Dot likes it.

    That is, until elderly Mr Appleby walks through the door in search of his late wife's purse and Dot immediately feels a connection to him. Determined to help, she sets off on an extraordinary journey, one that could lead Dot to reclaim her life and find where she truly belongs...

    Perfect for fans of Matt Haig, Rachel Joyce and AJ Pearce, this is a moving and uplifting novel about finding your place in the world.

    Readers have fallen in love with Lost Property:

    ***** 'A beautiful book and one of my best reads this year'
    ***** 'An emotional journey that had me hooked'
    ***** 'A wonderful, uplifting debut novel'
    ***** 'Dot is an inspiration'
    ***** 'Full of sorrow, love and a light humour'
    ***** 'I am so pleased to have found Dot'

Helen Paris worked in the performing arts for two decades, touring internationally with her London-based theatre company Curious. After several years living in San Francisco and working as a theatre professor at Stanford University, she returned to the UK to focus on writing fiction. As part of her research for a performance called 'Lost & Found', Paris shadowed employees in the Baker Street Lost Property office for a week, an experience that sparked her imagination and inspired this novel.

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