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Foster suddenly recognised the thing that rolled over him and made him feel sick.  It was this: Dad was going away somewhere all on his own.  And Foster was already missing him.  Foster Sumner is seven years old.  He likes toy soldiers, tadpole hunting, going to school and the beach.  Best of all he likes listening to his dad’s stories.  But then Foster’s dad starts forgetting things.   No one is too worried at first.  Foster and Dad giggle about it.  But the forgetting gets worse.  And suddenly no one is laughing anymore.

A heartbreaking story about what it means to forget and to be forgotten.

Shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, 2018

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Allen & Unwin 2016

“Brutally honest and unflinching in its examination of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on an entire family forgetting Foster is a beautiful, heart wrenching book that will stay with you.  Seven-year-old foster is the first to notice when things start changing for his dad, and his childish honesty makes him the perfect observer of his Father’s illness.  Foster’s narration highlights the grief and loss, but also the moments of happiness and humour that can creep into the darkest of situations.  Foster brings a necessary lightness to the story and Dianne Touchell’s use of his voice is masterful.  All the characters in this book are almost tangible.  From Foster’s mother forgetting to check in with him to Foster telling his school friends that his father is crazy, every character in this book is so believably human and flawed.  There are certainly no heroes here, and it makes for powerful reading.  Touchell has a habit of writing books that don’t go easy on the reader but are absolutely worth the pain, and Forgetting Foster is no exception.  Highly recommended to fans of Wonder and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, this is a book guaranteed to get people talking.”

  • Meg Whelan, Books and Publishing


Forgetting Foster was released in the United States by Penguin Random House in February 2018 under the title 

Sticky Notes (Delacorte Press, February 2018), and in Germany in April 2018, by Konigskinder Verlag.