Of Things Gone Astray (Hardcover)

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Janina Matthewson's debut novel Of Things Gone Astray is truly a work of art. Set in London, the story follows several people who have inexplicably lost something. As the stories unfold and intertwine, we enter into the lives of these people who are each experiencing grief and loss in their own way. As I was reading, I was eager for the next development, while at the same time dreading the loss I would feel when this book was over. The stories range from sweet to bitter, and allow for beautiful character development.

Jessie R.


Here is a quirky and fantastical novel about things lost and things found from a startling new voice in fiction.

On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work.

Meanwhile, Jake, a young boy whose father brings him to London following his mother's sudden death, finds himself strangely attracted to other people's lost things. But little does he realize that his most valuable possession, his relationship with his father, is slipping away from him.

Of Things Gone Astray is a magical fable about modern life and values and finding the things that really matter.

About the Author

Janina Matthewson is a writer and trained actress from Christchurch, New Zealand. She now lives in London. Of Things Gone Astray is her first full-length novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780007562473
ISBN-10: 0007562470
Publisher: Friday Project
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English