Winner of the Costa Book Awards, First Novel Award, 2007.
Loglisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2007.A lost little girl with her notebook and toy monkey appears on the CCTV screens of the Green Oaks shopping centre, evoking memories of junior detective Kate Meaney, missing for 20 years. Kurt, a security guard with a sleep disorder, and Lisa, a disenchanted deputy manager at Your Music, follow her through the centre's endless corridors - welcome relief from the tedium of their lives. But as this after-hours friendship grows in intensity, it brings new loss and new longing to light. This is 21st-century Britain with its addiction to consumerism, absurdity, and loneliness, unspoken guilt and hidden lives.
"An enthralling tale of a little girl lost, wrapped in a portrait of a changing community over two decades." (Observer)
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Touching and funny
- Andy Parsons
A Great Reading of an excellent first novel