One of our Books of the Year 2015.
June 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month.
Escape into this hugely enjoyable, big-hearted and beautifully written debut novel, set in Vallerosa, an imaginary tea-producing, tiny European country tucked between Italy and Austria, has its election due. The President, Segio, stands hesitantly in his strong father’s shoes. The Government consists of twelve ministers whose positions have been passed from father to son for centuries for this is an ‘Elective’ Dictatorship! A letter arrives requesting a visit from the Duke of Edinburgh. Or does it? Perhaps the President’s English is not perfect. Taking advantage of this auspicious occasion the country prepares. What ensues is a pure delight. With echoes of a Peter Sellers or Peter Ustinov film, this is good old-fashioned fun. A tad wordy, a tad long-winded setting the scene but once into the style, the humour, satire, good intentions, misunderstandings and pure farce of the tale rip through the pages. Huge fun. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
FIND YOURSELF IN VALLEROSA, A PLACE LOST IN TIME Vallerosa is every tourist's dream - a tiny, picturesque country surrounded by lush valleys and verdant mountains; a place sheltered from modern life and the rampant march of capitalism. But in isolation, the locals have grown cranky, unfulfilled and disaffected. In the Presidential Palace hostile Americans, wise to the country's financial potential, are circling like sharks ...Can the town be fixed? Can the local bar owners be reconciled? Can an unlikely visitor be the agent of change and rejuvenation this broken idyll is crying out for?
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.
'Sunny, charming, and as playful as Stella Gibbons or EF Benson, The Museum of Things Left Behind took me on holiday to the tiny imaginary country of Vallerosa, and returned me with the wonderful feeling of having spent time with an uplifting friend.'
Laline Paull, author of The Bees
Publication date: 21/05/2015
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||21st May 2015|
|Publisher:||Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Seni Glaister has worked in bookselling since 1988. The mother of four children, she uses her spare time (when she is not working or reading) to raise pigs, confide in her cattle, climb mountains, make wine and write. She has recently led a management buy out of The Book People, one of the UK's favourite booksellers and she is currently planning a long cold walk to the South Pole. Below is a Q&A with this author. What’s it about: Full of wisdom, humour and light, The Museum of Things Left Behind is a heart-warming fable ...More About Seni Glaister