On Chapel sands: my mother and other missing persons
Publication year: 2019
Media class: Hardback
Genre: Missing children
Publisher: Chatto & Windus, 2019
Resource type: Physical
In the autumn of 1929, a small child was kidnapped from a Lincolnshire beach. Five agonising days went by before she was found in a nearby village. The child remembered nothing of these events and nobody ever spoke of them. It was another 50 years before she even learned of the kidnap. The girl became an artist and had a daughter, art writer Laura Cumming. Cumming grew up enthralled by her mother's strange tales of life in a seaside hamlet of the 1930s, and of the secrets and lies perpetuated by a whole community. Cumming began investigating with a few criss-crossing lives in this fraction of English coast - the postman, the grocer, the elusive baker - but soon her search spread right out across the globe as she discovered just how many lives were affected by what happened that day on the beach - including her own. 'On Chapel Sands' is a book of mystery and memoir.
What an absolute delight. A memoir both touching in the particular and so evocative in its' capture of a time only so recently gone. Such a pleasure to read. I instantly ordered a copy to be delivered to my daughter in Australia....
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