Excerpt from What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

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What Was Lost

A Novel

By Catherine O'Flynn

What Was Lost
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  • Paperback: Jun 2008,
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She rode the escalator up to the ground floor, where the proper shops, the fountains and plastic palms began. It was the school holidays, but too early to be busy. None of her classmates were allowed to go to the centre without their parents. Sometimes she'd bump into a family group with one of her peers in tow and would exchange awkward greetings. She had picked up a sense that adults tended to be uncomfortable with her solo trips out and about, so now whenever questioned by shop assistant, security guard or parent she would always imply that an unspecified adult relative was just off in another store. Largely, though, no one questioned her, in fact no one ever really seemed to see her at all. Sometimes Kate thought she was invisible.

It was 9.30 a.m. She retrieved her laboriously typewritten agenda from her back pocket:

9.30 10.45 – Tandy: research walkie talkies and microphones

10.45–12.00 – general centre surveillance

12.00–12.45 – lunch at Vanezi's

12.45–13.30 – Midland Educational: look at ink pads for fingerprinting

13.30–15.30 – surveillance by banks

15.30 – bus home

She hurried on to Tandy.

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From What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn, copyright 2007. Reproduced with permission of the publisher, Henry Holt. All rights reserved.

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