The Housekeeper and the Professor

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He is a maths professor with a peculiar problem – ever since a head injury 17 years ago, he has lived with only 80 minutes of short-term memory. She is a housekeeper with a ten-year-old son, who is entrusted to take care of him. Each morning, as they are reintroduced to one another, a strange relationship blossoms between them.

ISBN: 9781846552502 Author: Ogawa, Yoko Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 2nd April 2009 Imprint: Harvill Secker Cover: Paperback Dewey: 895.634 (edition:22) Pages: 400 Edition: C format Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

He is a brilliant maths professor with a peculiar problem – ever since a traumatic head injury some seventeen years ago, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.

She is a sensitive but astute young housekeeper with a ten-year-old son, who is entrusted to take care of him.

Each morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are reintroduced to one another, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms between them. The Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. He devises clever maths riddles – based on her shoe size or her birthday – and the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her little boy. With each new equation, the three lost souls forge an affection more mysterious than imaginary numbers, and a bond that runs deeper than memory.

The Housekeeper and the Professoris an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family where one before did not exist.

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