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John Connolly

Author of The Book of Lost Things

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About the Author

John Connolly is the author of "Every Dead Thing" which was a bestseller in Britain and Ireland. He is a regular contributor to "The Irish Times," and has traveled extensively in the United States. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. (Publisher Provided) John Connolly was born May 31, 1968 in Dublin. He show more is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. His first novel, Every Dead Thing was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and went on to win the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel (he is the first author outside of the US to have won the award). Connolly's debut introduced readers to the anti-hero Charlie Parker, a former police officer hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Connolly has since written a further 5 books in the popular Parker series and a non-Parker thriller, as well as venturing outside of the crime genre with the publication of first, an anthology of ghost stories and later, a novel about a young boy's coming-of-age journey during World War II England. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Connolly worked as a journalist, a barman, and a local government official. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Trinity College, Dublin and a M.A. in Journalism from Dublin City University, he spent five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper. He quickly became frustrated with the profession, and began to write Every Dead Thing in his spare time. Connolly continues to contribute articles to the paper. His eighth book in the Charlie Parker series, The Reapers, was published in 2008. The tenth Parker novel, titled The Whisperers, was published in 2010. His current bestseller is A Time of Torment, the fourteenth in the Charlie Parker series.. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things (2006) 6,940 copies
Every Dead Thing (1999) 2,136 copies
The Gates (2009) 1,475 copies
The Black Angel (2005) 1,346 copies
Dark Hollow (2000) 1,340 copies
The Killing Kind (2002) 1,275 copies
The Unquiet (2006) 1,224 copies
The White Road (2002) 1,085 copies
Nocturnes (2004) 1,068 copies
The Reapers (2008) 1,036 copies
The Lovers (2009) 840 copies
Bad Men (2004) 822 copies
The Whisperers (2010) 698 copies
The Burning Soul (2011) 562 copies
The Wrath of Angels (2012) 535 copies
The Wolf in Winter (2014) 507 copies
The Infernals (2011) 473 copies
The Woman in the Woods (2018) 431 copies
A Time of Torment (2016) 384 copies
A Song of Shadows (2015) 382 copies
A Game of Ghosts (2017) 309 copies
The Dirty South (2020) 277 copies
A Book of Bones (2019) 270 copies
The Creeps (2013) 249 copies
Night Music (2015) 193 copies
The Nameless Ones (2021) 183 copies
The Land of Lost Things (2023) 180 copies
Conquest (2013) 169 copies
The Furies (2022) 151 copies
He (2017) 122 copies
The Museum of Literary Souls (2013) 109 copies
Empire (1788) 72 copies
Dominion (1672) 50 copies
The Underbury Witches (2006) 33 copies
The Instruments of Darkness (2024) 30 copies
Parker: A Miscellany (2016) 9 copies
The Book of Lost Things (1997) 7 copies
Horror Express (2018) 6 copies
Le temps des tourments (2019) 3 copies
The Sisters Strange (2020) 3 copies
The Lamia 1 copy
The Djinn 1 copy
Mud 1 copy
A Haunting 1 copy
Razorshins 1 copy
Lazarus 1 copy
Defender 1 copy
Sporco sud 1 copy
The Cycle 1 copy
I Live Here 1 copy
The Erlking 1 copy
Nocturne 1 copy

Associated Works

The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology (2010) — Contributor — 374 copies
Like a Charm: A Novel in Voices (2004) — Contributor — 318 copies
Inherit the Dead (2013) — Contributor — 296 copies
Dangerous Women (1998) — Contributor — 134 copies
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted (2009) — Contributor — 81 copies
OxCrimes (2014) — Contributor — 74 copies
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (2005) — Contributor — 63 copies
Phantoms: Haunting Tales from Masters of the Genre (2018) — Contributor — 32 copies
Cinema Futura (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
Bogus Dead (2002) — Contributor — 18 copies
The Atria International Book of Mysteries (2012) — Contributor — 15 copies
Uncertainties Volume 1 (2016) — Foreword — 12 copies
A Carnivale of Horror (2012) — Contributor — 8 copies
Hebbes 1 — Contributor — 2 copies
Thrill Rides (2014) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Connolly, John
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Connolly, John
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College, Dublin
Dublin City University



The Book of Lost Things book discussion in Hogwarts Express (May 4)
WWII, boy, alternate world? in Name that Book (February 2009)


In this follow-up to The Book of Lost Things the reader returns to Elsewhere, where everything you imagine becomes reality. This time round we follow Ceres, a single mother, whose daughter Phoebe was involved in a car accident and now lies in a coma. Instead of David's fairy tale characters that populated Elsewhere in the first book, Ceres takes with her the folk tales her father used to tell her; as a result the reader encounters faces both familiar and new.

While I enjoyed The Book of Lost Things, I could engage and identify a lot more with Ceres's emotional journey than with David's coming-of-age story arc. There are strong feminist undertones running through the book, and the prose throughout is beautifully poetic and yet incredibly accessible – the work of a master wordsmith who knows how to use words so they speak to the heart.

Even though I came away feeling that Ceres's experiences and decisions towards the end of the book were a bit too similar to David's towards the end of the first book, there is no denying that they make for beautiful symmetry.

If you're thinking of reading this book, I think you should definitely read The Book of Lost Things in preparation, as I did, because references to characters and events will make a lot more sense. Recommended.
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passion4reading | 6 other reviews | May 25, 2024 |
I wanted to like this more; it was good, it had lots of interesting elements, and I'm a fairytale fan, but somehow it didn't quite hit my sweet spot.

(I think my favourite bit was the Monty Pythonesque Snow White episode.)

Abcdarian | 327 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
While some are going to balk at the stories-within-stories and the trampling at some of their preferred myths and legends, I really enjoyed this! I would suggest this to anyone with an interest in the affects of grief on a family or the affects of myth on how we view life.

Very well written, though sometimes the prose is very-- weighty, shall we say? It left me very thoughtful in the end, and I like that about it.
crowsandprose | 327 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
This was a re-read for me in preparation for the recently published sequel (of sorts), The Land of Lost Things. Because I devoured the book last time, I couldn't remember many of the particulars, so this time round I was able to pay the story a great deal more attention, and pick up subtleties that had escaped me last time. Before I would likely have given the book five stars; because I picked up more nuances this time, my overall opinion is a bit more mixed.

The narrative in The Book of Lost Things very much emulates the voice in which these fairy tales were told, which is both one of the book's strengths and its ultimate weakness. Where we follow the main character David on his journey to adolescence, particularly where he struggles to come to terms with the death of his mother and the subsequent arrival of his stepmother and half-brother, the narration is engaging and heartfelt, and rings very true; on the other hand, the voice that depicts events in Elsewhere largely appears rather detached, so that I struggled at times to engage with what was happening on the page, even while I was able to appreciate David's character development and admire the author's inventiveness and ability to add a different spin on well-known tales.

The author has appended a number of fairy tales and myths that influenced the story, along with his thoughts, which makes for very intriguing and illuminating reading.

It'll be interesting to see how the follow-up compares to the original.
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passion4reading | 327 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |



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