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The Day That Went Missing By Richard Beard

The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2018SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE 2018A family story of exceptional power and universal relevance - about loss, about carrying on, and about recovering a brother's life and death. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory.

The Day That Went Missing Summary

The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard

SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2018 SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE 2018 A family story of exceptional power and universal relevance - about loss, about carrying on, and about recovering a brother's life and death. Life changes in an instant. On a family summer holiday in Cornwall in 1978, Nicholas and his brother Richard are jumping in the waves. Suddenly, Nicholas is out of his depth. He isn't, and then he is. He drowns. Richard and his other brothers don't attend the funeral, and incredibly the family return immediately to the same cottage - to complete the holiday, to carry on. They soon stop speaking of the catastrophe. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory. Nearly forty years later, Richard Beard is haunted by the missing grief of his childhood but doesn't know the date of the accident or the name of the beach. So he sets out on a pain-staking investigation to rebuild Nicky's life, and ultimately to recreate the precise events on the day of the accident. Who was Nicky? Why did the family react as they did? And what actually happened? The Day That Went Missing is a heart-rending story as intensely personal as any tragedy and as universal as loss. It is about how we make sense of what is gone. Most of all, it is an unforgettable act of recovery for a brother.

The Day That Went Missing Reviews

"A memoir of real truth and heartbreaking emotional heft" * Sunday Times *
"This captivating book, both heart-rending and jaw-dropping, unfolds like a detective story" * Daily Mail *
"A touching, painful disquisition on memory and forgetting and the tendrils that tie us to the past" -- Caroline Moorehead * Guardian *
"Clear-eyed, very sad, funny at times and, despite the story it tells, ultimately uplifting in its determination to confront buried truths." * Sebastian Faulks *
"A devastating forage into memory and the brutality of the stiff upper lip" -- Evie Wyld * Observer *

About Richard Beard

Richard Beard's most recent book is Acts of the Assassins, which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. In the twenty years since his first book he has published critically acclaimed novels and narrative non-fiction, including Becoming Drusilla, the story of how a friendship between two men was changed by a gender transition. He was formerly Director of the National Academy of Writing in London, and is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. He is an optimistic opening batsman for the Authors Cricket Club.

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GOR008175025
9781910701560
1910701564
The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard
Used - Like New
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2017-04-06
288
N/A
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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