'An intricately crafted novel, sharp-eared, current and full of heart' Guardian, Books of the Year

A spirited fourteen-year-old, Fay, goes missing from a Lincoln council estate. Is she a runaway, or a victim - another face on a poster gradually fading with time? The story of her last few days before she vanishes is interwoven with the varied lives of six locals - all touched in life-changing ways.

David is on a family holiday on the bleak Lincolnshire coast; Howard, a retired steel worker with some dodgy friends; Cosmina, a Romanian immigrant; Sheena, middle-aged and single, running a kiddies' clothes shop; Mike, owner of a second-hand bookshop and secretly in love with Cosmina; and Chris, a TV-producer-become-monk struggling to leave the ordinary world behind. All are involuntary witnesses to the lost girl; paths cross, threads touch, connections are made or lost. Is Fay alive or dead? Or somewhere in between?

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"If you believe that English fiction is jaded, you must read Adam Thorpe." - Hilary Mantel


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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Missing Fay
Author(s): Adam Thorpe
ISBN: 0-224-09800-4 / 978-0-224-09800-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Missing Fay
Author(s): Adam Thorpe
ISBN: 0-09-958412-3 / 978-0-09-958412-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Missing Fay
Author(s): Adam Thorpe
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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