Release date - 12th January 2017
Book length - 297 pages
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How do you find a missing actress in a city where everyone’s playing a role?
A mystery, a love-story and a darkly beguiling tale of secrets and reinvention set in 1960s London.
‘FABULOUS!’ Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
In a tiny two-bed flat above a Turkish café on Neal Street lives Anna Treadway, a young dresser at the Galaxy Theatre.
When the American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after an evening’s performance at the Galaxy, the newspapers are wild with speculation about her fate.
But as the news grows old and the case grows colder, it seems Anna is the only person left determined to find out the truth.
Her search for the missing actress will take her into an England she did not know existed: an England of jazz clubs and prison cells, backstreet doctors and seaside ghost towns, where her carefully calibrated existence will be upended by violence but also, perhaps, by love.
For in order to uncover Iolanthe’s secrets, Anna is going to have to face up to a few of her own…
MISS TREADWAY & THE FIELD OF STARS by Miranda Emmerson is a deeply emotive mystery that will make you stop in your tracks, and soak in every word and description. Anna Treadway is working as a dresser for Iolanthe Green when Iolanthe disappears one evening after a show, and Anna fears for her safety. As time passes and it looks like nobody cares about Iolanthe anymore, Anna takes the matter into her own hands and begins her own investigation, which will open her eyes to a more realistic and harsh side of London and the people who live there. From deep rooted hate and animosity, to finding new connections that may not make sense but exist nevertheless, we follow Anna and a motley crew of assorted characters as they travel far and wide to piece together the puzzle of the mystery that is Iolanthe, discovering some honest and sometimes uncomfortable truths about themselves in the process. MISS TREADWAY & THE FIELD OF STARS by Miranda Emmerson is filled with excellent characters (if not always likeable) and perfectly depicts the different sides of London's personality, both beautiful and terrifying, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The ending was a little bit abrupt for me but only because I really wanted to learn more about what happens to Anna in the future - I'm greedy like that!
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖 4.5
I am an author and dramatist. I grew up in London before studying English at Oxford and Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University. I now live in the Vale of Glamorgan in south Wales with my husband and our two daughters.
My travel and food memoir Fragrant Heart was published by Summersdale in 2014. My first novel Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars is being published by 4th Estate (UK), Harper Books (US) and HarperCollins (Canada) in early 2017.
I'm a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 (sometimes as Miranda Davies) and I'm currently undertaking a PhD in the history of BBC radio adaptation at Cardiff University. For more information:
Website - miranda-emmerson.squarespace.com
Twitter - twitter.com/MirandaEmmerson
*I won a copy of this book on Goodreads
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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