Room Of Lost Things


From the author of ‘Parallel Lies’ and the Orange Prize nominated ‘State of Happiness’ comes a story about London and its inhabitants. Under his railway arch in Loughborough Junction, Robert Sutton is handing over his dry-cleaning shop to Akeel. More than that, he teaches Akeel all he knows of his world.

ISBN: 9781844082131 Author: Duffy, Stella Publisher: Virago Publication Date: 29th January 2009 Imprint: Virago Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:22) Pages: 313 Edition: |1st paperback ed Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Under his railway arch in Loughborough Junction, South London, Robert Sutton is taking leave of a lifetime of hard work. His dry-cleaning shop lies at the heart of a lively community, a fixed point in a changing world. And, as he explains to his successor, young East Londoner Akeel, it is also the resting place for the contents of his customers’ pockets – and for their secrets and lies. As he helps Akeel to make a new life out of his old one, Robert also hands on all he knows of his world: the dirty dip of the Thames; the parks, rare green oases in a desert of high-rises and decaying mansion blocks; and the varied lives that converge at the junction.

Humming with life, packed tight with detail, The Room of Lost Things is a hymn of love to a great and overflowing city, and a profoundly human story that holds us in its grip from the first sentence until the last.

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