Lilian's Story

by Kate Grenville | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781841959955 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcanongatebookswing on 4/30/2009
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by TheLostBook from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, April 30, 2009
Aileen and Watson, The Lost Book Welcome to The Lost Book!

The Lost Book is a collaborative adventure in storytelling. It's taking place online and anyone can join in. At its heart is an animated web series: the adventures of investigative journalist, and BookCrosser, Aileen Adler, who is trying to solve the crime of a missing book. Episode 3, the second of five episodes to be written by the public, was launched this month. It gave Scotswoman Aileen her first glimpse of the book thief, thanks to her dog Watson's keen nose - watch the story so far. Right now we're working on the plot for episode 4 with help from all the visitors to the website - it will be launched on Friday, 15 May 2009.

Where the story goes next remains in your hands. You can suggest plot developments by visiting now. Each month between now and July the storylines will be pulled together into the next episode, animated and published online.

There are loads of ways you can get involved and it won't cost you anything. Please help us to write the story for the web series - make suggestions or vote on other people's ideas. You can also join our special guest writer Jasper Fforde and reconstruct a stolen book in our weekly microstory competition. You can enter our soundtrack competition by creating your own music for the web series. You can even produce your own animation.

And, you can read this book, tell us what you thought of it, give it away, and follow its journey.

The Lost Book is a partner project to the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust's 2009 reading campaign, The Lost World Read 2009, which is using free books, online resources and events to get people reading The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. The Lost World Read is the largest collaborative reading project ever seen in the UK. We're extending the reading campaign, thanks to the generosity of project sponsors Canongate, by giving away other free books throughout The Lost Book.

Lilian's Story is Kate Grenville's first novel. Lilian Una Singer starts life at the beginning of the twentieth century as the daughter of a prosperous middle-class Australian family. She ends it as a cheerfully eccentric bag-lady living on the streets, quoting Shakespeare. Grenville has won both the Orange Prize for Fiction (for The Idea of Perfection in 2001) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (in 2006, for The Secret River, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize).

So join in, wherever you are, and have fun!

Update: The Lost Book ran until July 2009 and is now finished - apart from lots of books like this one that are still travelling and finding new readers!

Journal Entry 2 by wingcanongatebookswing on Thursday, April 30, 2009

Journal Entry 3 by TheLostBook from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This book is going to travel around the world as a bookray. PM at any time, with your shipping preferences, to join. The book is a paperback (20mm thick, 280pp, 250g).

Nell-Lu, UK
j4neyo, UK (Int)
Bookworm-lady, Spain (Europe)
arturogrande, UK (Int) - asked to be skipped
karen07814, UK (Int)
Rrrcaron, USA (USA)
tostle, USA (Int assumed)

Bookray complete!

Journal Entry 4 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Engaging story of a middle-class girl in the early twentieth century, and her attempts to outgrow the boundaries of her expected roles. Lilian has a passionate nature, a fierce intellect, and she believes that "everything matters". She fights convention throughout her life and is rewarded eventually by a type of freedom and recognition.

Reserved for the next person on the bookray.

Journal Entry 5 by Nell-Lu at Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (6/23/2009 UTC) at Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases



Travelling to j4neyo - happy reading!

Journal Entry 6 by j4neyo from Whitchurch, Shropshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Arrived safely through the post. Looking forward to reading this book.

Journal Entry 7 by j4neyo from Whitchurch, Shropshire United Kingdom on Sunday, August 02, 2009
Can't say that I enjoyed this book due to the subject matter, but it was beautifully written.

Have PM'd Bookworm-lady to send it on.

Journal Entry 8 by j4neyo from Whitchurch, Shropshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Posted to Bookworm-lady in Spain this morning

Journal Entry 9 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I've got it! Thanks for passing this on, j4neyyo, I am looking forward to reading it.
And, as usual, thanks to TheLostBook and Canongate for their generosity! You can count on my postcard from Spain! ;)

Journal Entry 10 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Saturday, October 08, 2011
Arturogrande has asked to be skipped; I will ask for Karen07814' s address, in order to pass it on.

Journal Entry 11 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Monday, January 02, 2012
I have got Karen's address for a long time now... the book will soon be on its way to her.

Journal Entry 12 by wingBookworm-ladywing at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, January 12, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/12/2012 UTC) at Madrid, Madrid Spain


Sent today to Karen, in U.K.
Sorry for the long delay, and I hope you like your bookmark!

Journal Entry 13 by karen07814 at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, January 29, 2012
It's over to me, thank you for the bookmark, bookworm-lady

Journal Entry 14 by karen07814 at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, February 12, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (2/13/2012 UTC) at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA


Over to you for a free read

Journal Entry 15 by Rrrcaron at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Received this book in the mail awhile ago. Will get to it soon.

Journal Entry 16 by Rrrcaron at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Finally finished. Was a good read, a bit disturbing but good none the less. Sending on to the next reader...

Journal Entry 17 by tostle at Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Saturday, March 30, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (3/30/2013 UTC) at Salt Lake City, Utah USA


off to Erishkigal...happy travels, book!

Journal Entry 18 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, May 02, 2013
This well-traveled book was sent from Utah so it could be part of our book festival in Hawaii - thank you!

(Larger photo here.)

Released 7 yrs ago (5/18/2013 UTC) at Hawaii Book & Music Festival in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Hawaii USA


To be released at our third annual pop-up Skygate OBCZ during the 2013 Hawaii Book and Music Festival.

Released for Secretariat's 2013 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 19).

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