This was a lovely, quirky little book which I really enjoyed reading. It is such a simple idea, of a lost hat travelling between different owners, and it is done so well. It left the question open as to whether the hat actually had magical powers or if the life changes that occurred because of the hat were because of the people themselves. I enjoyed reading about all of the characters (although Bernard's story contained a bit more politics than I could really understand) because they were varied and interesting. It is just such a brilliant idea for a story that it was pure fun to read. I give this book 9/10.