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Lost Christmas

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  51 reviews
When Goose's parents are killed in a car crash on Christmas Eve, his life changes utterly. Living with his increasingly senile Nan, his dog Mutt is the only thing keeping him sane. His only other friend is Frank, a former friend of his father. Frank's own life is falling apart and he has recruited Goose to help him carry out petty theft around the city. A year to the day s ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Quercus
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Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is A Christmas Carol meets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in the writing style of Holes. And all blended together perfectly!

Edit (15/6/2018): Just finished rereading it. Completely worth it.
James Koppert
I wanted a Christmas story that wasn't a love story or a murder mystery and this was the perfect magical other.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I received Lost Christmas as a Christmas pressie from my Mum and Dad. I originally planned to keep it until December of this year, so I would be reading a Christmassy book around Christmas, but had to pick it up on my Mum's insistence. Why? Well, she wants to watch the film Lost Christmas which we recorded when it was on last month. She's not the type of person who can watch movies based on a book or movies where a book version has been writen (as is the case with Lost Christmas) without reading ...more
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fiction, christmas
Finished this book in about 3 hours, granted it's not an overly hard read and could have gotten rather confusing at the end, but it still stayed nice and simple.
I am looking forward to the movie, since the book - probably one of the few - was based on the movie script rather than the movie being based on the book.
It's a perfect Christmas book and reminds you of all that you have to be thankful for at this time of year, the book is on a similar vein to 'It a Wonderful Life'. If you are after a ra
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ten year old Goose's life unravels when his parents are killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve. Living with his mentally declining grandmother and beloved dog, he starts breaking into houses and stealing. One year later, on Christmas Eve, he meets a mysterious stranger with mystical powers. Relying on him to help find his missing dog, Goose learns how his actions affect others and how our lives are intertwined. This reminds me of Mitch Alboms' books...maybe not the most engrossing books when ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
I wanted to read this book to get into the christmas mood and I'm so glad I did. This could possibly be the best book I have read this year. I really was touched by Goose and felt great empathy for him. I really liked the twist at the end and felt it really completed the book to give it such a heartwarming, magical, 'Christmassy' feel to it. Would definitely recommend to anyone for a festive read and I cant wait to watch the movie
Kayla (BooksAndAllSorts)
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story of losing and gaining, Lost Christmas tells the story of Goose, who has lost so much over time. But then he meets Anthony, who manages to convince him that maybe losing something affects the whole world in ways he couldn't imagine.
While a little bit confusing, this is a beautiful story, perfect for reading around Christmas time, or any time of the year.
Fernanda Silva
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved itttt
Jill Shapcott
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A clever Christmassy read with a good twist at the end.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting twist on a Christmas carol
Hugh Roberts
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the world of Richard Thornhill, better known as Goose throughout most of the book. Little does Goose know, as he wakes up one Christmas Eve morning, that his whole world is about to change. Going downstairs after hearing some unusual noises, he comes face to face with his parents and his Nan, all of whom are trying to hide something from him. It is not long before the secret is out, and Goose becomes the happiest boy on earth but, shortly afterwards, his whole world comes tumbling dow ...more
Big Book Little Book
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be honest. I picked up this book in the shop as I had been asked to review a children's 'Christmas themed' book. I had never heard of this book or of the author but I'm a sucker for 'topical' reads just to see what all the fuss is about. This book drew me in, as had the headline, 'Now a major film starring Eddie Izzard' and thanks to the rather obvious title, was a quick win to meet the task at hand.

So, it was fair to say that I started reading this book feeling a bit 'meh' as it is
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book reads like that list of 'really bad metaphors' that surfaces on the net every now and then - and I LOVE it.

TL;DR - This is the story about a boy whose life falls apart on Christmas eve, and if you're wondering why I read a book like this at the beginning of July, I should point out that apart from the references to snow - which I don't think I have ever seen at Christmas in the UK anyway - the book could have been set at any point in the year. It
Last year I watched the BBC TV film Lost Christmas with Eddie Izzard. I found it an incredibly moving and very beautiful film, so I was excited to see that one of the writers, David Logan, has adapted it into a novel.

10 year old Goose wakes up one Christmas Eve in his house in Manchester to the sound of a puppy barking. He runs downstairs to find his parents unsuccessfully trying to hide a mongrel puppy. Goose is full of plans to play with him, but then his firefighter dad receives a call and ha
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I somehow managed to miss the film when it was originally shown I was persuaded to read this book by a lovely review I read and I am so very glad I discovered "Lost Christmas". This is a wonderful story and a perfect Christmas read for teens and maybe those a little younger. In all honesty I think it is a perfect Christmas read full stop. Although heartbreakingly sad in places it is one of those stories that you feel better for having read.

Goose, the main character, around whom the sto
Banrion Cruimh Leabhar
This novel is set in Manchester, Uk, where I live and I discovered this story last Christmas 2011, when the BBC released the film starring Eddie Izzard. I am a huge fan of Eddie Izzard and Christmas so could not wait for the film, it was a great twist on a Christmas story and not a storyline I had seen before. After loving the film I did a bit of research and found that it was originally a book by David Logan.

I saw the book a couple of weeks ago in Asda and could not resist it being the Christma
This book came into my life via Goodreads Giveaways, and because it's Christmas thought this would be the perfect time of year to read and review it.

I thought it was pretty good. The story was about Goose who has lost his parents last Christmas. This Christmas, Goose has began to steal from others. But then Goose meets Anthony who is an amnesiac and doesn't know anything about himself. But Anthony can find out things about other people just by touching them. All of these people have lost someth
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice and simple easy read but saying that I absolutely loved it. It's so heartwarming and in a few places very sad because you know in these moments - through reading the story - what is about to happen. However I was so impressed that I didn't see the twist at the end and I was thrilled about that - it's not often that I get a book and get a completely 'wow' shock moment! Everyone is connected to the main characters which I thought was a clever idea but thinking about my life, I have ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Eddie Izzard: 'It's always good to hear a tale about a little magic at Christmas.'

I was lucky enough to catch this on TV a few years ago and it was fabulous. So, naturally, when I saw the book on the 12 days of kindle last Christmas I bought it immediately but had to wait until it was socially acceptable to read a Christmas book.

As Lost Christmas was actually a film first, and then one of the screenwriter's adapted it into a novel, no new information is given by this book which I was a little d
Anne Harvey
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first started listening to this, I wasn't sure I was going to like it because it seemed so grim and very sad but I'm glad I stuck with it. It's about a young boy, Goose, who has seemingly lost all that is precious to him. Then he meets a strange man who doesn't seem to know who he is yet has visions about the people he and Goose come into contact with. Gradually, through Goose getting to know Anthony, he regains all that he thinks he has lost and is redeemed himself in the process. In con ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I won this book a couple of years back as part of the Goodreads website first reads scheme. I actually asked to read more now, but have only just got round to looking to something nice and easy to read before Christmas.
It was a nice little story, a kind of modern day retelling of Its A Wonderful Life. I actually started reading it expecting not to like it very much, but actually it was a sweet little story even though it did borrow heavily from many other tales. Four example, the clue of who An
Michèle Velthuizen
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Genre: realistic/fantasy
Reading level: medium
Grade level: 5th+

I enjoy books that have several stories going at the same time. You're aware that they are somehow interconnected but you usually don't find out until how they are connected until the very end. Apparently this story started out as a movie (or tv series) and was then turned into a novel, which is pretty unusual. Now I'm looking forward to seeing the movie! Although a Christmas story, you can pick this up and enjoy it any time of the ye
D Cox
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly lovely and not at all what I was expecting. If only real life was like this though.

A cheap impulse kindle buy that I ignored for three years. I really liked this.
It's a bit all over the place to begin with but quickly comes together. A bit of a tear jerker but truly heart warming in traditional Christmas style. Doesn't need to be Christmas to read it. I see that it's a film but I'll just enjoy it for what I've read.
Chloe Price
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much, because of it's orginality. I read the whole book on Christmas eve, because I found myself not being able to put it down. The character "Goose" really intrigued me, because of his background and I think his character really potrayed how one selfish act can affect/ruin lifes. Also it was a real eye opener for me, because it showed how Goose took his parents for granted, and he didn't realise how much he needed them.
Emily Fisher
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, although I have to say I was a little disappointed at first. I bought it after seeing the BBC film, and assumed the film was based on a novel... Turns out the book was based on the screenplay, so there wasn't a lot that hadn't been seen in the film. Still, it was a good easy read, and there were a few extra insights - particularly towards the end.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, first-read, christmas
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads. This was such a lovely story to read. I hadn't seen the film or heard of the book, I was told about it by an 8 year old who actually wants to borrow this book. This book will definitely be on my Christmas to read list, would definitely recommend it its an easy read.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to read this after seeing the film, starring Eddie Izzard, last Christmas. I finally got round to it and despite knowing the ending I still found it incredibly moving. I think this book will become an old favorite; one that I reread every Christmas (and I'll be watching the film again this year too!).
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Goodreads. This book is a story about a boy named Goose and the choices he made. This book is a story of heart wrenching love and loss, with a twist of the super natural. It is an awesome read! I read this book in one day, as I could not put it down. You will not be disappointed, as the story has everything you want in a book.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Xmas stories are beginning to wear a bit thin now so it's a blessing when something original and well written comes along. My 11 yr old really enjoyed it as well and considering there's no vampires/zombies etc in it makes it even more remarkable.
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“Did you know, in France, it's illegal to call a pig Napoleon," said Anthony as he and Goose and Frank were walking. Frank and Goose turned to look at him. He hadn't doled out an interesting fact for a while now and it took them both by surprise. Also,it seemed to have very little relevance to anything they had been talking about. He wasn't finished there. "And in Texas you can't graffiti on someone else's cow. I suppose that means it's okay to graffiti on your own cow,but don't take my word for it."
"I'll be sure to check that before I graffiti on any cow next time I'm in Texas," said Frank with a smirk.”
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