Lost Property


Lost Property by Helen Paris
Published by Penguin, 2022
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A novel about loss, love and finding your place in the world.

One lost purse. One lost woman.
A chance encounter that changes everything.

Dot Watson has lost her way. Wracked with guilt and struggling with grief, she has tucked herself away in the London Transport Lost Property office, finding solace in the process of cataloguing misplaced things. It’s not glamorous or exciting, but it’s solitary – just the way Dot likes it.

That is, until elderly Mr Appleby walks through the door in search of his late wife’s purse and Dot immediately feels a connection to him. Determined to help, she sets off on an extraordinary journey, one that could lead Dot to reclaim her life and find where she truly belongs…

Also available in German (Das Fundbüro der verlorenen Träume, published by dtv Verlagsgesellschaft), Spanish (Objectos Perdidos published by Maeva Ediciones) and Swedish (Bland Hittegods Och Vilsna Hjärtan published by Sekwa Förlag).


“An enthralling read, full of rich descriptions and characters you can’t help but love”

Hazel Prior, bestselling author of Away with the Penguins

“An emotional journey that had me hooked”

“A lovely novel about loss and reconnection… both satisfying and joyful”

Lissa Evans

“A wonderful, uplifting debut novel”

“Dot is an inspiration”

“A beautiful book and one of my best reads this year”

“Full of sorrow, love and a light humour”

“I am so pleased to have found Dot”