The Long Forgotten
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The Long Forgotten

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'This is a wonderful book, its different strands weaving around each other and coming together in the most fantastic conclusion. I am so jealous of David Whitehouse's writing.' Adam Kay

Memories make us who we are - but what if yours belonged to someone else?

David Whitehouse's The Long Forgotten is the story of a missing plane, a rare-flower hunter, and a lonely young man who has begun to remember a past that isn't his. It's the story of a long-buried mystery, a quest that ended in tragedy, and a love that can never be forgotten.

'Powerful, eccentric . . . Whitehouse's writing is energetic and pacey, spiked with startling moments of tenderness and superbly controlled' The Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 21mm | 220g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1509827528
  • 9781509827527
  • 60,277

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Whitehouse is an author of exceptional talent, and this unique novel is very special, tender, evocative, thought-provoking, emotional, beautifully written and impossible to forget. * Dare * Once the thorns of The Long Forgotten get into you, the book stays with you all day until you can get back to it... Strange and powerful, this is a complex story of love, loss and obsession. * Grazia * Complex, multi-layered and rich with vivid detail. Never have flowers seemed so beautiful, or has love-at-first-sight felt so intense . . . This is a moving tale about love, loss, obsession, identity, memories and how our pasts shape us, all told with an emotion and empathy that will have you contemplating the multiple threads of the story and how they all join together. Whitehouse's writing is at once subtle and forceful, and even if you have an inkling of how it's going to end, the conclusion still has the power to surprise. A truly original and unforgettable novel. * Culture Fly * This intoxicating mystery about memory and loss is a dazzling work of fiction. * Bookriot * Three stories unfold in this imaginatively written and cleverly constructed novel, creating a satisfying read. * Choice * What makes us, us? Our parents, our pasts, our memories? The questions that this novel poses are intriguing. * Daily Mail * Intriguing, imaginative and beguiling -- Alan McMonagle, author of Ithaca Effortlessly entertaining, smart and effervescent-and that's only this novel's outer layer. The Long Forgotten has deep roots of insight that make it subtly resonant and memorable. Whitehouse is a writer with a dazzling wit and a striking empathy. -- Benjamin Wood, author of The Ecliptic Outlandishly clever, ingenious . . . There's no question that David Whitehouse is a writer to watch -- Janet Maslin * New York Times * Powerful, eccentric . . . Whitehouse's writing is energetic and pacey, spiked with startling moments of tenderness and superbly controlled * The Times * Whitehouse makes you feel what it's like to be 12 again: the obsessions, the fears, the boundless curiosity. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, sometimes in the space of one page * Stylist * This is a wonderful book, its different strands weaving around each other and coming together in the most fantastic conclusion. I am so jealous of David Whitehouse's writing - his use of language is almost unfair -- Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt
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About David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse is an award-winning novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His first novel, Bed, won the 2012 Betty Trask Award and was published in eighteen languages, and his second novel, Mobile Library, won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. David writes regularly for the Guardian and The Times and is editor-at-large of ShortList magazine. Originally from Warwickshire, he now lives in London.
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Rating details

189 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (49)
4 39% (73)
3 28% (52)
2 6% (12)
1 2% (3)
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