The latest Booker-nominated novel from the author of 'The Hamilton Case' begins when protagonist Tom Lexley's pet goes missing pet (as the title suggests), but the journey to find the dog causes Tom to journey into the past, as Tom himself, is, of course, 'lost' too. de Kretser uses the narrative to skip between past and present to explore Tom's parents' mixed-race marriage in India, and amongst other things, his own involvement with mysterious Chinese-Australian artist and photographer, Nelly Zhang.
'Always an outside observer, Tom slowly constructs his own view of the facts he learns, which include questions of parentage, deceit, money, disappearance and even murder.'
'While sounds and especially smells, such as Nelly's
The not yet published 'Girl in a Blue Dress' is one of the long-listed novels for this years Booker Prize. Written by 63-year-old social worker Gayner Arnold in her spare time, the fictional story gives an account of Charles Dickens' troubled marriage.
Speaking to The Times, Ms Arnold said: "It's nice to know that all the hard work has been validated."
The book was rejected by some of the larger publishers, until it was snapped up by the small Tindal Street Press (they only have 2 full-time member of staff and publish 6 books a year-they've already had 3 authors be nominated for the Booker Prize).