Author(s): Diana Rosie
A little boy and his grandfather embark on a quest to find the old man's missing birthday in Diana Rosie's debut novel, Alberto's Lost Birthday. Alberto is an old man. But he doesn't know how old - he remembers nothing before his arrival at an orphanage during the Spanish civil war. He rarely thinks about his missing childhood, but when seven-year-old Tino discovers his grandfather has never had a birthday party, never blown out candles on a birthday cake, never received a single birthday present, he's determined things should change. And so the two set out to find Alberto's birthday. Their search for the old man's memories takes them deep into the heart of Spain - a country that has pledged to forget its painful past. As stories of courage, cruelty and love unfold, Alberto realises that he has lost more than a birthday. He has lost a part of himself. But with his grandson's help, he might just find it again.
A country that promised to forget, an old man who's lost more than he realized, and a little boy who believes everyone should have a birthday ...
Charms and illuminates in equal measure -- Fanny Blake Daily Mail This warming story will capture your heart until the very end Essentials Magazine Moving, thoughtful and absorbing ... Alberto's Lost Birthday reminds us of the importance of home and the peace that comes with knowing who we truly are Mail on Sunday Event Magazine A truly moving first novel ... If you're looking for a feel good book with a difference, this is it. This easy to read tale is a page turner that'll leave a smile on your face and a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart ... The perfect read for holidays or me time for when the kids are asleep Good to Know A fascinating look at Spain's troubled history and a heart-warming intergenerational love story about the bonds of family Red Charming ... A film script surely beckons The Herald
A copywriter by trade, Diana Rosie has created award-winning campaigns for a variety of popular brands, and occasionally helps her filmmaker husband with scriptwriting. After living in Hong Kong, London and Peru, she has finally settled comfortably into a country cottage, where she writes by the range. Alberto's Lost Birthday is her first novel.