Photograph: Ben Crocker
Ruth Hogan was brought up in a house full of books, and grew up with an unsurprising passion for reading and writing. She also loved dogs and ponies, seaside piers, snow globes and cemeteries. So she was either going to be a vet, show jumper, Eskimo or gravedigger. Or maybe a writer.
While studying English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London, Ruth hennaed her hair, wore dungarees and generally had an amazing time. And then she got 'a proper job'. For ten years had a successful career in local government before a car accident left her unable to work full-time and was the impetus she needed to start writing seriously.
It was all going well, but then in 2012 Ruth got Cancer, which was bloody inconvenient but precipitated an exciting hair journey from bald to a peroxide blonde Annie Lennox crop. When chemo kept Ruth up all night she passed the time writing, and the eventual result was her internationally bestselling debut novel, THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS.
Ruth now lives in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and her long-suffering husband. She's now a full-time writer and keeps notebooks in every room so that she can write down any ideas before she forgets them. She's a magpie; always collecting treasures (or ‘junk’ depending on your point of view) and is also a huge John Betjeman fan. Her favourite word is antimacassar and she still likes reading gravestones.
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MEET THE ‘KEEPER OF LOST THINGS’
Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.
Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.
But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…
With an unforgettable cast of characters that includes young girls with special powers, handsome gardeners, irritable ghosts and an array of irresistible four-legged friends, The Keeper of Lost Things is a debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that will leave you bereft once you’ve finished reading.
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From Ruth Hogan's beguiling imagination comes another irresistible novel of unexpected friendships, second chances ...and dark secrets.
Masha is an intelligent, independent woman whose life has been irremediably changed by a tragic event twelve years before. Unable to share her grief, she finds solace with the souls who inhabit her local Victorian cemetery and in her town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater, safe from the noise and the pain.
In the vein of her bestselling debut THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS, Ruth Hogan's second novel introduces a new cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who guide us through a moving exploration of the simple human connections that make life worth living.