Nominee: 2007 Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year

'Everything You Can Imagine is Real' - Pablo Picasso.

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.

But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairy-tales so beloved of his dead mother he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: 'Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king.'

And as war rages across Europe, David is violently propelled into a land that is both a construct of his imagination yet frighteningly real, a strange reflection of his own world composed of myths and stories, populated by wolves and worse-than-wolves, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a legendary book . . .

The Book of Lost Things.

©2006 John Connolly

Hodder & Stoughton (UK, Ireland, Australia, etc.)
HB - 320 pages - 07/09/2006 - ISBN: 0340899468

Hodder & Stoughton (UK, Ireland, Australia, etc.)
Trade PB - 310 pages - 07/09/2006 - ISBN: 0340899476

Atria Books (US & Canada)
HB - 352 pages - 07/11/2006 - ISBN: 9780743298858

Edel Torr Editions (UK)
Limited Edition (of 125) HB (slipcased) - 256 pages - 19/05/2007 - ISBN: 9781905989973
NOTE: This is my copy (#122 of 125). It has a red goatskin leather spine with black cloth boards. There were colour options for both these parts.

No Alibis 10th Birthday Celebrations, Saturday 19/05/2007
Featuring John Connolly, Declan Hughes, Cat Malojian & The Winding Stair

Declan Hughes read from his latest novel, as well as a section from the work-in-progress that is the third Ed Loy novel; John Connolly spoke about his love of books and No Alibis bookstore; music was provided by local groups Cat Malojian and The Winding Stair. The evening also saw the launch of the first book from No Alibis' publishing arm, EDEL TORR EDITIONS, a 125-copy limited edition of John Connolly's THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS.

Author: John Connolly
Illustrator: Anne M. Anderson
Binder: Liam McLaughlin
Publisher: Edel Torr Editions (David Torrans)

John Connolly, Anne M. Anderson and David Torrans with 4 copies of Edel Torr Editions' The Book of Lost Things.

For the 10th Anniversary Edition please go to:
  1. UK Uncorrected Bound Proof (unsigned)
  2. UK First Edition Trade HB (signed 'Once upon a time...' and dated 15/09/2006)
  3. Hodder & Stoughton The Book of Lost Things postcard (signed)
  4. Edel Torr Editions Limited Edition HB (#122* of 125) (signed by the author, illustrator, binder and publisher). My version is unique in that it has a red goatskin leather spine, with black cloth boards, and 'Castle with Thorns' front cover artwork.
  5. Set of 8 postcards of the original linocuts from The Book of Lost Things (unsigned)
  6. 2x spare postcards: 'Wolves' and 'Knight on horseback' (unsigned)
*matches copy number of NF04: 2016: PARKER: A MISCELLANY