The Day That Went Missing

£9.99

Life changes in an instant. On a family summer holiday in Cornwall in 1978, Nicholas and his brother Richard are jumping in the waves. Suddenly, Nicholas is out of his depth and he drowns. Richard and his other brothers don’t attend the funeral, and incredibly the family return immediately to the same cottage – to complete the holiday, to carry on. They soon stop speaking of the catastrophe. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory. Nearly 40 years later, Richard Beard is haunted by the missing grief of his childhood but doesn’t know the date of the accident or the name of the beach. So he sets out on a pain-staking investigation to rebuild Nicky’s life, and ultimately to recreate the precise events on the day of the accident. Who was Nicky? Why did the family react as they did?

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*WINNER OF THE PEN ACKERLEY PRIZE 2018*

My younger brother’s name is Nicholas Beard. He was nine years old, and I was with him in the water when he drowned.


Life changes in an instant.

On a family holiday in Cornwall in 1978, Richard and Nicholas are in the sea, jumping the waves. Suddenly and inexplicably Nicholas is out of his depth and then, shockingly, so is Richard. Only one of the brothers returns to the shore.

Richard does not attend Nicholas’s funeral and afterwards the family return to Cornwall to continue the holiday. Soon they stop speaking of that day at the beach altogether. Years later, haunted by grief, Richard sets out to piece together the story. Who was Nicholas? What really happened that day? And why did the family never speak of it again?

SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE 2018


‘This captivating book, both heart-rending and jaw-dropping, unfolds like a detective story’ Daily Mail


‘A memoir of real truth and heartbreaking emotional heft’ Sunday Times

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Weight0.202 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

278

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

155.937092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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