The Un-forgotten Coat

You never know where you are with Frank Cottrell Boyce. And then again, you know precisely where. His new book The Un-forgotten Coat reads like it’s true. And if it weren’t for the little details that are almost too good and too funny and too much FCB, you’d think he was telling a ‘real’ story.

He originally wrote the book in support for The Reader Organisation, and now it’s been published for general reading by Walker Books. It’s something as unlikely as a story about two Mongolian boys on the outskirts of Liverpool, and about the coat that one of them wore.
Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Un-forgotten Coat
The two Mongolian brothers simply turned up at school one day, and their tale is told by Julie, the girl they chose to be their Good Guide. As usual with FCB, the story is both hilarious and quite sad.

The sense of reality is strengthened by the use of Polaroid pictures, which the boys take wherever they go. They have pictures to show how they fled Mongolia by walking along a railway line. There are photos to show what Mongolia looks like.

A demon is hunting the younger of the boys, and needs to be outwitted so they are not found. There are yurts when you most need them.

And there is the fear of being found and being sent back to Mongolia.

The Un-forgotten Coat is sweet and funny and absolutely irresistible. It’s childhood described as though we all had Mongolian friends at school when we were eleven.

In fact, maybe we did.

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3 responses to “The Un-forgotten Coat

  1. I stumbled upon this after reading about the Melvin Burgess event I attended, I work for The Reader Organisation and it’s great to see that you’ve enjoyed The Unforgotten Coat.

    Frank was superb not only in writing this book for the Our Read project, but promoting it as well. He has attended a plethora of TRO events, reading to a countless number of children in schools, libraries, art galleries, train carriages…I could go on. 50,000 copies were given out for free and it’s brilliant to have a book that so many people enjoy and can be used as the basis for so many varied events.

  2. Frank is a marvellous performer, so that sounds like a lot of very lucky children.

  3. Pingback: Coat wins the Guardian children’s fiction prize | Bookwitch

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