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Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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'At eighteen, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little more than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city she's read so much about. The moment she steps into the Arcade bookstore, she knows she has found a home. The gruff owner, Mr. Pike, gives her a job sorting through huge piles of books and helping the rest of the staff - a group as odd and idiosyncratic as the characters in a Dickens novel.

'There's Pearl, the loving, motherly transsexual who runs the cash register; Oscar, who shares his extensive, eclectic knowledge with Rosemary, but furiously rejects her attempts at a more personal relationship; and Arthur Pick, who supervises the art section and demonstrates a particular interest in photography books featuring naked men. The store manager Walter Geist is an albino, a lonely figure even within the world of the Arcade. When Walter's eyesight begins to fail, Rosemary becomes his assistant. And so it is Rosemary who first reads the letter from someone seeking to "place" a lost manuscript by Herman Melville. Mentioned in Melville's personal correspondence but never published, the work is of inestimable value, and proof of its existence brings the simmering ambitions and rivalries of the Arcade staff to a boiling point.

'Based on actual documents the author found while doing research on Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure that captures the excitement of discovering a long-lost manuscript, and an evocative portrait of life in a bookshop.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Epigraph: '...for experience, the only true knowledge...'- Herman Melville, The Confidence Man
  • Dedication: For Michael, my own tempest.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Doubleday , 2006 .
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      Extent: 354p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      ISBN: 9780385518482, 038551848X
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2007 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 000724391X, 9780007243914
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Fourth Estate , 2007 .
      3903723108337363881.jpg
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      Extent: 354p.
      Note/s:
      • T.p. verso: 'This edition first published in Australia in 2007.'
      ISBN: 9780007251582, 0007251580

Works about this Work

Quiet Triumph of the Bookish Book Jane O'Sullivan , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 30 May 2008; (p. 28)
Of Books and Bookshops 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 86 no. 7 2007; (p. 46)

— Review of The Secret of Lost Things : A Novel Sheridan Hay 2006 single work novel
Bookish Gnomes Plod and Plot among the Tomes Christopher Bantick , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 April 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of The Secret of Lost Things : A Novel Sheridan Hay 2006 single work novel
Untitled Katharine England , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 April 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of The Secret of Lost Things : A Novel Sheridan Hay 2006 single work novel
Of Books and Bookshops 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 86 no. 7 2007; (p. 46)

— Review of The Secret of Lost Things : A Novel Sheridan Hay 2006 single work novel
Bookish Gnomes Plod and Plot among the Tomes Christopher Bantick , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 April 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of The Secret of Lost Things : A Novel Sheridan Hay 2006 single work novel
Untitled Katharine England , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 April 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of The Secret of Lost Things : A Novel Sheridan Hay 2006 single work novel
Quiet Triumph of the Bookish Book Jane O'Sullivan , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 30 May 2008; (p. 28)
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