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The Disappearance Boy

(2014)
A novel by

 
Reggie Rainbow has found the perfect profession for someone who likes to keep himself to himself: It's his job to make sure that some things stay out of sight and out of mind.

Reggie Rainbow is an angry young man who treads the backstage corridors of down-at-heel theatres for a living. Childhood polio has left him with a limp, but his strong arms and nimble fingers are put to perfect use behind the scenes, helping the illusionist Mr Brookes to "disappear" a series of glamorous assistants twice nightly. But in 1953, bookings for magic acts are scarce, even in London. So when Mr. Brookes is unexpectedly offered a slot at the Brighton Grand, Reggie finds himself back out on the road and living in a strange new town. The sea air begins to work its own peculiar kind of magic, and, as the bunting goes up in the streets outside the theatre for the Grand's forthcoming Coronation spectacular, Reggie begins to wonder just how much of his own life is an act - and what might have happened to somebody who disappeared from that life long ago.

Set in the tarnished world of 1950s Variety, The Disappearance Boy is a masterful and dark tale of love lost and found; of blood, sweat - and all the other secrets that are kept hidden away behind those red velvet curtains.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Disappearance Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Neil Bartlett
ISBN: 1-62040-725-6 / 978-1-62040-725-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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July 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: The Disappearance Boy
Author(s): Neil Bartlett
ISBN: 1-4088-5044-3 / 978-1-4088-5044-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Disappearance Boy
Author(s): Neil Bartlett
ISBN: 1-4088-5047-8 / 978-1-4088-5047-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

December 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Disappearance Boy
Author(s): Neil Bartlett
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon   

December 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Disappearance Boy
Author(s): Neil Bartlett
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Disappearance Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Neil Bartlett
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

July 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Disappearance Boy
Author(s): Neil Bartlett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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