Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse!
The Long Forgotten
When the black box flight recorder of a plane that went missing 30 years ago is found at the bottom of the sea, a young man named Dove begins to remember a past that isn’t his. The memories belong to a rare flower hunter in 1980s New York, whose search led him around the world and ended in tragedy.
Restless and lonely in present-day London, Dove is quickly consumed by the memories, which might just hold the key to the mystery of his own identity and what happened to the passengers on that doomed flight, The Long Forgotten.
The Long Forgotten is a thrilling mystery about memory and identity from David Whitehouse, the award-winning author of Bed and Mobile Library.
Dove Gale was an orphan, left on a doorstep in a moses basket, abandoned by his parents. As a young boy he was taken in by Maud and Len, an elderly couple who bestowed on him an unlimited source of love, kindness and care. They soothed his restless mind and tamed the anger and fear he felt at being abandoned once more. They loved him, taught him and welcomed him into their shared world. And in Len and Maud, he found a mother and a father. Now Dove is an emergency services control room operator, answering the calls from a multitude of panicked voices. But despite so many conversations and a room full of people, he is lonely. The days are black with feelings of grief and solitude. When he begins to recollect memories that are not and never have been his own, Dove is plunged into the past of a 1980s American flower-hunter by the name of Peter Manyweathers, who lived a mysterious and truly unforgettable life.
David Whitehouse depicts things as simple as a room, a face, or even a flower with such power and colour, it is impossible from the first word not to fall in love with his bewitching prose. I read this from cover to cover, enveloped in what has been a scintillating story, brimming with rich characters and intriguing places. From America to Sumatra to Chile, The Long Forgotten spans a lifetime and transports the reader under the wing of an endearing explorer to some of the most exotic locations. I felt as if I was by Peter Manyweathers’ side all throughout. He is such a fantastic character. Sweet, intelligent and very endearing.
After reading this, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the flowers mentioned in this book. If you look up a few, you can really see how beautifully David Whitehouse has described them. It’s almost hard to imagine that these wonders exist in some far off place when just outside sits the ordinary flowers we keep in our plant pots. I’ve popped a picture below of a flower called the corpse flower, which can grow up to eight feet, so you can see what I mean. It’s remarkable! And I really enjoyed reading snippets about them in this book. Just one more thing I loved about it!
The Long Forgotten is a bewitching novel about love, loneliness, identity and discovery. It’s will jolt you with a shock of profound fascination and leave you meditating about the significance of time and the power of memory. I loved this book and hope to be devouring David Whitehouse’s next book very soon! Wonderful!
Intriguing. Emotional. Superb.
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About David Whitehouse
I have written three novels. The first, BED, was published in 2011 by Canongate in the UK and Scribner in the US. It won The Betty Trask Prize 2012. The movie rights were optioned by Duck Soup and Film 4.
The second, MOBILE LIBRARY, was published in January 2015 by Picador in the UK and Scribner in the US. It won the Jerwood Fiction Prize 2015 and the TV rights were optioned by Duck Soup and Channel 4.
The third, THE LONG FORGOTTEN, will be published by Picador in March 2018.
I currently have a number of TV projects in development.
I have written for lots of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Esquire, The Times, The Observer Magazine, Sunday Times Style and many more. I’ve won awards for journalism from The Times, The Evening Standard, the PPA and the PTC. I am the Editor-at-Large of ShortList magazine.
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Huge thanks to Emma Finnigan, Anne Cater at #RandomThingsTours and Picador Books for my review copy and the blog tour invite!