The Missing

Juliet Bates

£7.99

Juliet's skills as an artist and painter are reflected everywhere in this haunting, poetic novel. At the heart of the story is a journalist, Frances, who sets out on the trail of another possible Anastasia but whose own history makes as much of an appearance as the elusive duchess. The writing is rich and vivid; you can linger over descriptions of the twisting back streets of Paris and visualise the women who sew gloves and hats in a Paris atelier. Packed with atmosphere, there is a powerful sense of place as Frances’s own memories come back to haunt her.

A deliciously descriptive book that questions the notion of memories and the idea of believing what you want to believe.
— Secluded Charm

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About this book

This beautiful, dream-like novel is about loss, the unreliability of memory and the stories we invent about ourselves.

In the spring of 1958, journalist Frances Daye is persuaded to follow the trail of yet another woman thought to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. While she searches for Ania through the avenues and boulevards of Paris, she is haunted by memories of her past and begins a poignant tale of her own. The labyrinth of the beautiful city mirrors the twists and turns of the narrative as Frances wanders the streets searching for Ania and trying to make sense of the maze of her own memories.

Juliet Bates’ strong visual sense enables her to paint with intensity the colours and textures of the characters’ experiences. We feel the slipperiness of the silk that the seamstress is stitching and we hear the click of the shutter as Frances’ father captures the perfect combination of light and shadow in his photographs.

About the author

Juliet Bates is both writer and artist. Her debut novel, The Missing, was short-listed for the Paris Prize for Fiction. She lives in France.

ISBN: 978-0-9559618-2-3
Published: July 2010

Reviews

“Totally absorbing….a beautifully written and constructed book.”
— Alison Bacon, Between the Lines

“This is the kind of novel I love. The writing is exquisite and conveys the dream-like sense of ‘lost’ people wandering Europe with sad tales to tell which may or may not be true…a brilliant novel.”
— Sally Zigmond, The Elephant In The Writing Room

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