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Notes from the Lost Property Department ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Notes from the Lost Property Department By Bridget Pitt ⚣ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Iris Langley is forced to take charge when her mother, Grace, has a stroke This is no easy task Iris suffers from the lingering effects of a near fatal fall as a child The accident turned her mind int Iris Langley is forced to take charge when the Lost ePUB ☆ her mother, Grace, Notes from Epub / has a stroke This is no easy task Iris suffers from the from the Lost PDF ↠ lingering effects of a near fatal fall as a child The accident turned her mind into a place where a dragon lives one that roars in her ears and fills her head with smoke As her mother retreats into dementia, Iris realises that Grace is hiding something a secret about that fateful day in the mountains that could threaten everything she believes about herself and her family But with her own memory fragmented, and Grace s mind in tatters, how can she find the truth Set against the sombre beauty of the Drakensberg mountains, Bridget Pitt s powerful new novel takes us into the labyrinthine world of brain injury, and reveals how the strands of guilt, secrecy and devotion that bind mother to daughter may devastate or redeem them The struggle to forget, or not courage in small things Bridget Pitt s new novel has found a voice for wounded memory It s a searching voice, evoking from jumbled discards something that perhaps we ve all lost but which might still be found Jeremy Cronin.


10 thoughts on “Notes from the Lost Property Department

  1. Paula Paula says:

    I loved this book, it completely absorbed me and was a page turner, but at the same time made me think about my relationships with my mother, and my daughter I wondered about identity and what makes us who we are, particularly when we are brain damaged And it is one of those books that powerfully gives you a sense of place, the Drakensberg mountains are ever present A wonderful read.


  2. Rose Humphreys Rose Humphreys says:

    A treasure of a book Ms Pitt has taken two really serious conditions brain damage and dementia and made them real for us in a palatable, satisfying read Along the way she deftly keeps your interest in the secret at the centre of the book, developing the mother daughter relationship so that you care so very much for Iris and Grace I loved the supporting cast too Through it all, the backdrop of holidays in the Drakensberg, one of my most beloved places on earth, gave it a strong sense of pla A treasure of a book Ms Pitt has taken two really serious conditions brain damage and dementia and made them real for us in a palatable, satisfying read Along the way she deftly keeps your interest in the secret at the centre of the book, developing the mother daughter relationship so that you care so very much for Iris and Grace I loved the supporting cast too Through it all, the backdrop of holidays in the Drakensberg, one of my most beloved places on earth, gave it a strong sense of place The descriptions of the hikes up the Amphitheatre gave the book an extra dimension, with the mountains so evocatively described, they become characters in themselves I ve climbed those chain ladders, sat in the bed of the Tugela River at its source and watched the Lammergeiers so reading this book brought back those memories so poignantly


  3. Shayne Shayne says:

    I struggled to get into this book but once I got going, I enjoyed it She handles two very real issues, brain damage and dementia in a easy to understand way I loved her writing and the easy flow between then and now Of course the whole mother daughter sister relationship was also handled remarkably well Will def read another of hers.


  4. Lyndall Lyndall says:

    From start to finish, Notes from the Lost Property Department is an absolute joy to read Bridget Pitt has perfectly and eloquently captured the complicated conditions of the mind, both accident and age related and how these affect the relationships between the characters The incredible bond between Iris and Grace, is such an honest reflection of the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter, often fraught with guilt and regrets, yet totally unbreakable Bridget s powerful descri From start to finish, Notes from the Lost Property Department is an absolute joy to read Bridget Pitt has perfectly and eloquently captured the complicated conditions of the mind, both accident and age related and how these affect the relationships between the characters The incredible bond between Iris and Grace, is such an honest reflection of the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter, often fraught with guilt and regrets, yet totally unbreakable Bridget s powerful description of the Drakensberg, the human condition and the perfect imperfection of South Africa makes this book an absolute must read


  5. Penny Haw Penny Haw says:

    I so enjoyed Bridget Pitt s Notes from the Lost Property Dept., it was difficult to drag myself away to do anything else other than read it I don t know yet whether it s the subject matter which is close to my heart an overwrought mother daughter relationship, brain injury mine and an ageing mother s experience of an institution , the South African setting particularly the Drakensberg, which is close to where I grew up , the writing easy yet intelligent, sensitive yet funny, tight yet en I so enjoyed Bridget Pitt s Notes from the Lost Property Dept., it was difficult to drag myself away to do anything else other than read it I don t know yet whether it s the subject matter which is close to my heart an overwrought mother daughter relationship, brain injury mine and an ageing mother s experience of an institution , the South African setting particularly the Drakensberg, which is close to where I grew up , the writing easy yet intelligent, sensitive yet funny, tight yet engaging or the story convincing and moving that impresses me most What I do know though, is that Bridget is another great example of just how good South African authors are


  6. Gwynn Gwynn says:

    I really loved this book It is beautifully written, the characters real, the story ageless.Set in South Africa, it will resonate with people who who know the Drakensberg and who have hiked those glorious, fearsome mountains, as well as those who have holidayed in their shadows If you have not, there isthan enough in the telling of the tale to make it universally relevant It is a tale of reconciliation, lost love, misunderstanding and the bond between mother and daughters.A worthwhile re I really loved this book It is beautifully written, the characters real, the story ageless.Set in South Africa, it will resonate with people who who know the Drakensberg and who have hiked those glorious, fearsome mountains, as well as those who have holidayed in their shadows If you have not, there isthan enough in the telling of the tale to make it universally relevant It is a tale of reconciliation, lost love, misunderstanding and the bond between mother and daughters.A worthwhile read


  7. Gillian Gillian says:

    Notes from the lost property office is the perfect title for Bridget Pitt s latest novel, which examines the effects of brain injury traumatic and physiological the child who fell in the mighty Drakensberg and years later her aged mother who suffers a stroke in a rose garden at her care facility Bridget writes with great skill and imagination tracing the lives of mother and daughter and bringing in themes of dependence, betrayal and ultimately healing Well worth reading


  8. Matilda Smit Matilda Smit says:

    A good story beautifully written that I will want to read again I thought I may find my dad in it but instead I found myself.


  9. Sue Hampton Sue Hampton says:

    Love and loss tend to be at the heart of the fiction I m drawn to, as a reader and writer the kind of novel that explores relationships, psychology and emotion In this case, the losses incurred by Iris as a child through brain damage after a fall are paralleled later by her mother s cognitive impairment in dementia But if this is was the premise with which Pitt began her story, there s nothing heavy handed about the connection Her touch is light, the identity and detail of the key mountain s Love and loss tend to be at the heart of the fiction I m drawn to, as a reader and writer the kind of novel that explores relationships, psychology and emotion In this case, the losses incurred by Iris as a child through brain damage after a fall are paralleled later by her mother s cognitive impairment in dementia But if this is was the premise with which Pitt began her story, there s nothing heavy handed about the connection Her touch is light, the identity and detail of the key mountain setting conveyed vividly but without melodramatic excess, and the characterisation engaging and skilful A reader does not need to have experienced either kind of loss to care deeply about mother or daughter or indeed, as a second layer emerges, about Gideon s own loss and guilt The structure, jumping from present to past in order to give us access to Grace 1 before the brain decay both as disappointed wife, committed mother and destabilised lover and to Iris the pre accident child and recovering adult, is well judged to ensure a sympathetic balance My fear two thirds into the book was that so much had by this means been revealed that the story would have nowhere to go, leaving me with a climax I had anticipated But Pitt turns the emotional arc, believably and compellingly, for a different kind of ending that satisfies in its warmth but without sentimentality Romantic love less fundamental to the novel than mother daughter love, but vital to the plot is the greatest challenge for a writer as fresh and honest as Pitt, and the focus on the women leaves the mensketchy and with the exception of Gideon, whose role grows and counts, less likeable This is a fine book that made me care and got me reading IN THE AFTERNOON when I should have been writing Thank you Four and a half stars really


  10. Jocelyn Newmarch Jocelyn Newmarch says:

    Bridget Pitt s debut novel takes on many themes the relationship between mother and daughter, memory and forgetting, growing up and growing old Iris is the daughter who never grew up following a traumatic fall, she lost her memory and was nursed back to life and health by Grace, her dedicated mother Yet even as an adult, Iris still suffers the presence of a dragon in her head, who roars in her ears and fills her head with smoke Grace sacrificed her own marriage to care for Iris now, in her Bridget Pitt s debut novel takes on many themes the relationship between mother and daughter, memory and forgetting, growing up and growing old Iris is the daughter who never grew up following a traumatic fall, she lost her memory and was nursed back to life and health by Grace, her dedicated mother Yet even as an adult, Iris still suffers the presence of a dragon in her head, who roars in her ears and fills her head with smoke Grace sacrificed her own marriage to care for Iris now, in her 80s, she suffers a stroke and retreats into dementia It is Iris turn to look after her mother and try to figure out the secret Grace can no longer share which lies at the heart of their family.I loved her characterisation of the Drakensberg mountains, not simply as a backdrop, but as a presence in the story that s alive with both promise and menace Grace, Iris and even Jessica, the older sister who we mainly come to know via irritable transatlantic phone calls, are all vividly realised characters Even Grace s despised husband is remembered as a loving and gentle father, despite the coldness of his relationship with his wife The book is gorgeously, beautifully written, with every note pitch perfect


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