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Watch Me Disappear

Jill Dawson

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

By the Orange and Whitbread shortlisted author of FRED AND EDIE, a subtle and intriguing novel exploring the line between innocent and warped desire.

A ten-year-old girl vanishes without trace from a Fenland village, her body never found. Thirty years on, she comes sharply back to life in the mind s eye of her childhood friend, Tina Humber, who has done her best to put the past behind her. But now, as Tina returns home for a family wedding, she replays her memories in search of what happened, fearing that deep down she has always known who killed Mandy Baker.

In this subtle, moodily atmospheric novel, Jill Dawson explores the line between innocent and perverted desire, and that volatile stage when young girls become aware of their attractions, but do not grasp the dangers.

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Praise for Watch Me Disappear

  • Slow-burning, spine-crawling...It is a compelling, haunting and intelligent read. - Amanda Craig, Daily Telegraph

  • Clever, compelling and impressive - Angela Cooke Daily Express

  • The flavour of the 1970s is so accurate you can taste it...An unusually skilful and haunting novel - Sam Phipps, Sunday Herald

  • An outstanding novel ... An intense, intelligent and compelling book that readers will find impossible to forget. - Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

  • A chilling and sharply articulated exploration of memories, identity and family relationships - Anna Millar, Scotland on Sunday

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Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson was born in Durham. She is the author of three novels: Trick of the Light, Magpie and Fred & Edie, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize and translated into several languages. She is also an award-winning poet and has edited five anthologies, including Wild Ways: New Stories about Women on the Road (co-edited with Margo Daly), The Virago Book of Wicked Verse and the recent Gas and Air: Tales of Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. She taught at Amherst College and is currently the Creative Writing Fellow at University of East Anglia in Norwich. She lives in the Fens with her partner and two sons.

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