Jacket for 'Lost for Words'


UK - Bonnier Zaffre
US - St. Martin's Press
France - Editions Bragelonne
Germany - Droemer Knaur
Italy - Garzanti
Norway - Cappelen Damm
Spain - Los Libros del Lince

Lost for Words

By Stephanie Butland

Published Apr 2017

Spiky, sardonic, and reclusive Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin. But there are secrets that Loveday will never share…


Fifteen years ago, in one unspeakable, violent moment, Loveday lost all she knew and loved. Now, she finds refuge in the enchanting little book emporium where she works.


But something shifts for Loveday when a performance poet comes in to the shop, looking for something he lost. . .


Shortly after, mysterious packages begin arriving for Loveday, each one with a book that stirs unsettling memories for her, some too painful to bear. It seems someone knows.


It’s time for Loveday to take charge of how her story unfolds. She must decide who around her she can truly trust and find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong. And if she does, she might just find her way home . . .