Celebratory tenth anniversary edition, with black and white illustrations, two new short stories - Cinderella, A Version and The Rat King, the latter introducing the Crooked Man who is central to the world of The Book of Lost Things - and an afterword from the author.
'Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother . . .'
As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters in his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.
What gives THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS such a chilling edge is the way the real and illusory worlds sit so comfortably together. - Daily Express
Brilliantly creepy coming of age novel - Daily Mirror
A powerful, powerful writer. I got a very real chill down my spine. This is an amazing book. - Jeffery Deaver
The book's epic villainy, mournful tone and tested morality is the essence of Connolly . . . THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS is peculiar and perverse and humane, with an incredibly lyrical finale. - Irish Times
Tension, terror and gallows humour make the book a gripping read. - Daily Mail
Connolly imagines the emotional cave-in of puberty intelligently, even perceptively - Guardian
This is no saccharine fairytale, but an eerie fable that's perfect for long winter nights - Daily Mail
A moving fable, brilliantly imagined, about the agony of loss and the pain of young adulthood - The Times
John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. John Connolly's debut - EVERY DEAD THING - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the winner of the 2016 CWA Short Story Dagger for On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier from NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Vol 2.
In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.