The Collector of Lost Things (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Jeremy Page

Pegasus Books, 9781605984858, 384pp.

Publication Date: December 7, 2013

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Digital Audiobook (12/6/2013)
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An arctic adventure story fueled by obsession, passion, and gothic influence, The Collector of Lost Things is a compulsive literary suspense novel

The worlds of ocean and ice were meeting in a frontier of rage, as if the Earth had torn in two along this line. This was a place, if there ever was a place, where you could disappear . . .

The year is 1845 and young researcher Eliot Saxby is paid to go on an expedition to the Arctic in the hope of finding remains of the by-now-extinct Great Auk, a large flightless bird of mythical status.

Eliot joins a hunting ship, but the crew and the passengers are not what they seem. Caught in the web of relationships on board, Eliot struggles to understand the motivations of the sociopathic Captain Sykes; the silent First Mate, French; the flamboyant laudanum-addicted Bletchley; and most importantly of all, Bletchley's beautiful but strange 'cousin' Clara.

As the ship moves further and further into the wilds of the Arctic Sea, Eliot clings to what he believes in, desperate to save Clara but irrevocably drawn back into a past that haunts him—and a present that confronts him with a myriad of dangers.

About the Author

Jeremy Page, the author of Salt and Sea Change, works as a script editor and writer for FilmFour and the BBC. He lives in London.

Praise For The Collector of Lost Things: A Novel

Eliot Saxby, the collector of the title and
narrator of the book, heads for the Arctic in search of the elusive—and
perhaps extinct—great auk.  Capt. Sykes is
at the helm of the Amethyst, and when Sykes
announces that he plans to kill the last of the birds and thus guarantee
their extinction, Saxby watches helplessly while Sykes’ crew
methodically kills the auks, but he’s able to conceal an injured auk on
board. He and Clara carefully tend the auk, feeding it and nursing it.
Miraculously, the auk even lays an egg, assuring the further existence
of the species, but Sykes and his duplicitous first mate, Quinlan
French, turn out to know more than Saxby suspects. Page shapes a
fascinating historical narrative and has moving insights into our
sometimes-dubious relationship to the natural world.

Praise for Salt and Sea Change

Thrilling and memorable.

— Richard Eder

Gorgeous in the telling and heartbreaking in its message, Salt is truly a book to savor.

Page writes with
feeling and intimacy, his touch is poetic and sure. The novel's sense of
the natural world is fine and compelling. A powerful vision.

Page has created an astonishing prose that conveys the unspeakable
mystery that is at the center of love and love’s aftermath.
— Richard Rodriguez, author of Brown and Days of Obligation

A lyrical and elegiac novel about a real past and an imagined future.

With lyricism and poise, Page renders a doubly engaging story.

Gripping . . . buoyant.

Stunningly good.
Captures the landscapes with a truly deft, water-colorist's touch. His
ear for cadence is extremely acute.
— Rose Tremain