Little Boy Lost (novel)

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Little Boy Lost
First edition (UK)
AuthorMarghanita Laski
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherCresset Press (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Publication date
December 1949
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN0-248-98373-3 (first edition, hardback)

Little Boy Lost is a dramatic novel by Marghanita Laski that was published in 1949. It was republished in 2001 by Persephone Books.


The novel focuses on Hilary Wainwright, an English man, on the search for his lost son in the ruins of post-war France.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

A motion picture version of the same title starring Bing Crosby was released in 1953.


Kirkus Reviews found Little Boy Lost "An inescapably affecting story where sentiment is edged by bitterness."[1] while Nicholas Lezard of the Guardian wrote "If you like a novel that expertly puts you through the wringer, this is the one." and "This is haunting stuff."[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Little Boy Lost". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 17 May 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Lezard, Nicholas (15 September 2001). "Touched by the past: Nicholas Lezard enjoys being put through the wringer by Marghanita Laski's Little Boy Lost, an extraordinarily gripping period piece". the guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

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