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Author: Brooke Davis Narrator: Nigel Carrington, Nicolette McKenzie, Helen Walsh Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780698191174
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An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking

Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her struggling mother, grieving the death of Millie’s father, leaves her in the big ladies’ underwear department of a local store and never returns.

Agatha Pantha, eighty-two, has not left her house—or spoken to another human being—since she was widowed seven years ago. She fills the silence by yelling at passersby, watching loud static on TV, and maintaining a strict daily schedule.

Karl the Touch Typist, eighty-seven, once used his fingers to type out love notes on his wife’s skin. Now that she’s gone, he types his words out into the air as he speaks. Karl’s been committed to a nursing home, but in a moment of clarity and joy, he escapes. Now he’s on the lam.

Brought together at a fateful moment, the three embark upon a road trip across Western Australia to find Millie’s mother. Along the way, Karl wants to find out how to be a man again; Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was.

Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] enchanting debut.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Everything about the characters and the writing feels right, and the result is a book that’s heartbreaking, funny, and brilliant.”

    Courier-Mail (Australia)

  • “Mixing sober and funny, sad and preposterous, Davis pulls all these strands together and makes this story a delight.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Lost & Found is informed by Davis’ personal heartache, but it is buoyed by something more universal—our need to love and be loved, regardless of the risk.”

    Newcastle Herald (Australia)

  • “A tale, of love and loss, grief and great mates…this is storytelling at its purest.”

    Weekend Post (Australia)

  • “A whimsical and touching debut…[and an] ultimately powerful exploration of grief from a skillful and original new voice.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Already a hit in the author’s native Australia, this poignant story of a mismatched threesome and their hunt for Millie’s mom will likely strike a similar chord with American readers.”


  • “Unconventional characters and slapstick action are combined with heartbreaking moments in this fresh take on the shared humanity of loss and the possibility of redemption, making this title a moving and unforgettable read. Verdict: For all readers who have ever faced grief and felt that everyone else knows what they are doing and how to handle it.”

    Library Journal

  • “Three exceptional narrators take turns delivering the chapters of this quirky audiobook about death. Helen Walsh is perfect as feisty seven-year-old Millie Bird…As the three unlikely partners travel across Australia in a madcap adventure looking for Millie’s mother, the outstanding narrators take listeners on a roller coaster ride of laughter, sadness, and contemplation. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for February 2015
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Brooke Davis grew up in Bellbrae, Australia, and now lives in Perth, where she works as a bookseller. She is a graduate of the University of Can­berra and Curtin University, and has won numerous awards for her writing. Lost & Found is her first novel and will be published in over twenty-five countries.

About the Narrators

Nigel Carrington has been a regular on the London voice-over circuit since 1981. A former member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, he has narrated more than sixty audiobooks, and he played Nigel Pargetter in The Archers from 1986 to 1989 and Dr. David Boyce in Westway from 1997 to 2005 for BBC World Service Drama. He has also worked extensively in film, television, and theater.

Nicolette McKenzie was born and educated in New Zealand. Her television work includes the compilation and presentation of three programs of New Zealand poetry for the BBC, as well as comedy, revue, and popular drama. She played the role of Mrs. Bennett for the BBC World Service adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Helen Walsh was born in Warrington, England, in 1976. Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England, was the winner of a Somerset Maugham Award. She now lives in Liverpool.