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A Simple Vanishing Trick [Paperback]

Sara Haworth
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Book Description

9 Aug 2012
An elderly couple go missing from their caravan on the south coast of England. Their daughter Lydia is being shadowed by a charismatic trickster who comes and goes at will. Their son Tim, headteacher of a South London primary school is trying to prevent his life from falling apart. This circus family has a dark history, and as Tim and Lydia try to find their disappeared parents, they are led back to the Hungary of the 1950's, to interwoven tales of deceit, desperation and revenge.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 Aug 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1477555307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477555309
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Haworth lives and works in South London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Unspoken Inheritance 10 Nov 2012
By RobynC
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This whole book is embedded in gorgeous physical descriptions - of the light, the air, the smells at that time of year - a sense of the whole physical environment, whether in London, the North of England, the South Coast or Hungary. The characters are woven into these settings, their interiors and histories breathing gracefully along with it.
I was engaged from the first pages and although I noticed plot hiccups along the way, I wanted to keep reading the book. When I came to the end, I had the strange sensation of wanting to read the book again, but backwards, not so much because of loose ends, but loose beginnings and middles.
The book begins with the recent disappearance of Lydia and Tim's parents, retired circus performers Gitta and George. Their children, Tim, an unravelling headmaster and Lydia, an apparently juvenile (I too tried to calculate her age), mentally unstable and punkish circus performer, already carry the damage of an unspoken and unspeakable inheritance. Their parallel disintegrations come to a head with the disappearance of their parents, yet both experience new determination to seek out clarity and explanation about their own and their parent's lives that keeps the reader alongside each of them - whether or not you like their company.
At the start of the book, Lydia is staying in her parent's caravan at the south coast caravan park where they were last sighted. There's only a hint that someone might already be following her. We don't know how important this might be to the story when we don't pick up with it again until later in the form of Tomas or Nestor, when his occasional haunting of her can seem tacked on.
Gitta's sister, the wise and stable Stella, is visited by Tim after some early texting from Lydia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 10 Dec 2013
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I found I couldn't put this book down until I reached the last page.It depicts the characters in a convincing and moving way and is full of very atmospheric descriptions of scenery
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual twist on a troubled family 21 Sep 2012
By andrewB
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I brought this as I know Sarah very slightly, it wouldn't normally be the kind of thing I like. Having said that it was a good read with lots of twists and turns. The writer uses wonderful descriptions and clearly has a gift with language. Several times I re-read a passage and admired how well crafted it was. The story telling and plot sometimes let the book down. I felt it could be shorter without losing it's essential characteristics. Having said that it did hold me to the end, partly because the characters were mostly strong and well developed. I loved the stuff about Hungary and all the crap that happened after the war, and how the grown up kids just couldn't understand things from their parents perspective because it was so alien to modern western experience. I did have an issue with the Lydia character. She came over as if she was in her twenties, working as an acrobat and having sex with all and sundry, but trying to work through the dates and timeline and comparing her with her brother I thought she realistically must at least be late 30's and how she was written didn't fit that. Not that people over 30 don't have sex or walk on stilts - but she read as an adolescent to me. That aside the book is definitely worth 1.02 and I'd love to read more work by this writer.
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