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Historical Fiction | The Girl Who Disappeared | James Lingard

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Emily falls passionately in love with working class Walter, despite fierce opposition from her class conscious father. She sees marriage as a partnership of equals and resolves to elope to escape such a male dominated society. Emily’s actions will see her struggle to survive the subsequent devastation brought about by the war, as she and her four year old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. The family experience rationing and the terror of bombing. Their air raid shelter is destroyed by a direct hit. When Walter volunteers for the army, Emily and her son are evacuated to a rat infested cottage in a farming community near Hebden Bridge. The war changes Walter into an efficient army officer who demands to be obeyed. Emily worries that she might have a rival for his affections. How can she restore their loving relationship? The Girl Who Disappeared is a moving love story about one woman’s enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and surprising twists and turns.

Book cover for The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard

The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard is published by Clink Street Publishing (14th Jan 2020) and is available in digital and paperback formats.


The Girl Who Disappeared is a fact-based historical novel set in Britain in the 1930’s and continuing through the Second World War and a few decades after.

 Emily living with her strict parents in Halifax falls in love with Walter but on bringing him home, her father refuses their engagement and tries to force Emily to marry someone of a higher class. Nearing her 21st birthday Emily decides to run away with Walter and marry, it seems anything to escape her domineering father and weak mother.

 They embark their married life with a visit to America but move back home for Walter’s career at the bank. Unfortunately Walter predicts the repeat of a world war and their lives are turned upside down. As he enlists, Emily is left with a young son without the support of her family.

 This story is mainly described with Emily’s view however there are a few passages and chapters using her son’s view of his schooling and further career.

The Girl Who Disappeared is an interesting novel set in this turbulent time, using a woman’s voice on her thoughts and feelings of war. I enjoyed how her character grew as time passed, from a spoiled young women to a mature lady, who clearly had experienced many life’s lessons and tribulations.

 A great read.

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James Lingard – educated at Dulwich College and University College London – became a leading City of London solicitor who specialized in banking law and insolvency. A former Council Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and of the European Association of Insolvency Practitioners, he became a Judicial Chairman of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal.

He was the founding President of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and also became Chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board and of the Banking Law and the Insolvency Law Sub Committees of the City of London Law Society

He is the original author of Lingard’s Bank Security Documents (LexisNexis Butterworths) now in its 7th edition and a number of other legal books. More recently, he has written Britain at War 1939 to 1945 (Author House) and now THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED.  Website:   Twitter:  Facebook:

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