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Missing Fay (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 07/06/2018
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'An intricately crafted novel, sharp-eared, current and full of heart' Guardian, Books of the Year A spirited fourteen-year-old, Fay, goes missing from a Lincoln council estate. Is she a runaway, or a victim - another face on a poster gradually fading with time? The story of her last few days before she vanishes is interwoven with the varied lives of six locals - all touched in life-changing ways. David is on a family holiday on the bleak Lincolnshire coast; Howard, a retired steel worker with some dodgy friends; Cosmina, a Romanian immigrant; Sheena, middle-aged and single, running a kiddies' clothes shop; Mike, owner of a second-hand bookshop and secretly in love with Cosmina; and Chris, a TV-producer-become-monk struggling to leave the ordinary world behind. All are involuntary witnesses to the lost girl; paths cross, threads touch, connections are made or lost. Is Fay alive or dead? Or somewhere in between?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099584124
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Twenty-five years on from his spectacular debut novel, Ulverton, Thorpe has produced a book that resembles and rivals it... With tremendous flair, Thorpe opens up a vista of present-day middle England." -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times, Books of the Year *
"An intricately crafted novel, sharp-eared, current and full of heart." * Guardian, Books of the Year *
"Missing Fay...presents entwined provincial lives with illuminating precision, its prose textured, its structure intricate... He is alert to every English linguistic twitch, every slippery folk-meme. He's a writer's writer, and I wish he were a reader's writer too." -- Hilary Mantel * Times Literary Supplement *
"Is Thorpe Britain's most underrated writer? Having just re-read his 1992 classic novel Ulverton, I say he has to be in the running" -- John Burnside
"Thorpe is a master of quiet ironies, of exquisite detail... This is a mysterious, lucent novel, compelling in its tautness, devastating in its wisdom. I hope it wins prizes." -- Philip Womack * Spectator *

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