BARTLETT NEIL The Disappearance Boy

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The Disappearance Boy

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Reggie Rainbow got his name at the orphanage. He had polio as a child, and seventeen years of using crutches have given him strong hands and nimble fingers. It is this dexterity, perfect for illusions, which first led Mr. Brookes to hire him for the act. Reggie has been a disappearance boy for years now, making a long string of alluring assistants vanish while Mr. Brookes tricks and misdirects the audience.

But in the spring of 1953, the public no longer seem interested in illusionists. Bookings are slim, even in London. When Mr. Brookes gets a new slot at the down-at-the-heel Brighton Grand, Reggie finds himself in a strange town, one full of dark and unexplored corners. And it is the arrival of Pamela Rose, a beautiful new assistant, that truly turns his life upside down. As the Grand's spectacular Coronation show nears, Reggie begins to wonder how much of his own life has been an act-and sets out to find somebody who disappeared from his life long ago.

Masterful and heartfelt, The Disappearance Boy is the tale of one young man coming into adulthood amidst the smoke-and-mirrors backstage world; a story of love, tears, and illusion-of all that stays behind the curtain.

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Neil Bartlett's first novel, Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall, was voted Capital Gay Book of the Year; his second, Mr Clive and Mr Page, was nominated for the Whitbread Prize; his third and most recent, Skin Lane, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award in 2007. In 2000 he was awarded an OBE for his work as a theatre director and playwright. He lives in Brighton and London with his partner of twenty-five years, James Gardiner. You can find out more about Neil and his work at www.neil-bartlett.com.

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Neil Bartlett can conjure up a world like no-one else. This time, it's the lost world of 1950s seaside variety, and within that world he spins a tale of unlikely self-discovery that is by turns mysterious, tender and utterly compelling * S. J. Watson * Neil Bartlett's ability to vividly evoke hidden lives is uncanny * Jake Arnott * This book and its enchanting characters had me under their spell. I was bewitched * Sheila Hancock * One of England's finest writers * Edmund White * Bartlett is a seductive narrator. The Disappearance Boy is written in an intimate, conspiratorial tone familiar to readers of his Costa-nominated novel, Skin Lane ... Bartlett is particularly good at evoking the faded glamour of the theatre and the brittle egos that compete offstage ... An entertaining routine and Bartlett pulls it off with aplomb * Independent * Some arch narratorial interpolations apart, this is a properly engaging novel, blessed by vivid characters, a fascinating subject and an expertly evoked setting. Excellent * Daily Mail * Expect a masterful and dark tale of love lost and found * Attitude Magazine * Everything, anything, Neil Bartlett creates - novels, essays, plays, performances - excites me ... He's a romantic, in the best sense, loving the raunchy complexity of life and art. That love is in every line he writes * Lynne Tillman * I loved The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett, about a boy and a magic trick in 1950s Brighton * Kate Pullinger, Observer Books of the Year *

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