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Published by Myriad Editions
ISBN 978-0-9549309-4-3
Category thriller/crime/mystery
December 2009


In the summer of 1968, two nine-year-old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted village. When it is Eleanor's turn to hide, Alice disappears. Years later, an extraordinary turn of events opens up shocking truths for the Ramsay family and all who knew the missing girl. 

Author's Biography

 Lesley Thomson's first novel, Seven Miles from Sydney ("Compelling" Times on Sunday; "Bold and imaginative" Time Out) is a crime thriller set in Australia. She also co-wrote actress Sue Johnston's autobiography Hold on to the Messy Times. She grew up in London and now lives in Lewes, East Sussex.


  “Thomson skilfully evokes the era and the slow-moving quality of childhood summers, suggesting the menace lurking just beyond the vision of her young protagonists. A study of memory and guilt with several twists.” The Guardian

“Complex, disturbing and surprising... the sort of book where you simply have to completely rethink what you thought was going to happen - before sleeping with the lights on.” Candis Magazine

£6.99 Paperback

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Reader Comments

fantastic writing....beautifully crafted story...
Lesley Thomson has a real talent. A Kind of Vanishing is from a view point that one wonders about from the newspaper headings of these disappearances, but never gets close to imagining. The clarity of the story telling adds to the disturbing revelations as she carefully and skillfully reveals the un-revealable...
A beautifully executed tale evoking childhood in a way I have never encountered before. Intelligent, cleverly layered and completely gripping. Not often one finishes a book and immediately wishes to read it all over again, but this is one! I can't wait for Lesley Thomson's next novel.
A Kind of Vanishing is also a Kind of Good Read! Especially interesting in the early parts.
A marvellous, stimulating novel, full of tension and speculation, evoking the eerie atmosphere of Tide Mills on the Sussex coast, bound in with the nebulous nature of human relationships.
A great story!
Great book. Excellent characters with lots of twists that kept you guessing till the end. Very enjoyable read.
complex, disturbing and surprising.
I lost a night of sleep because I couldn't put this down. Not great for work the next day, but a great read. Perfect present too - everyone likes it!
Loved it!
I found this book completely gripping from the very first page and spent many late nights unable to put it down.The cleverly woven plot took me totally by surprise. A great read.
Fantastic book, can't wait for her to write more!!
A thrilling read that captured my attention from the first page to the very last. Lesley Thomson uses language like tissue paper, layering up plot lines and themes until they create a wonderful pattern. I found myself wanting to ask characters questions about themselves, so real did I find them and so compelling each of their stories.
This book is engaging, disturbing, thought provoking and atmospheric, I would recommend it.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Kind of Vanishing. It is very well written story that had me gripped fom the very first chapter. I found myself particular fascinated by the darkly mysterious, abandoned village of Tide Mills which is so well described. I look forward to Ms Thomson's next novel.
An excellent read. A gripping, well researched story with a twist you wouldn't guess. Lesley Thomson writes about children with a well tuned ear to give a fasinating account of a family coming to terms with and living beyond a tragic event. Not so much a who dunnit, more of a story of confronting the darker side of being human.
What an excellent and intelligent book this is. It grips you from the moment you open the first page. It can't recommend it strongly enough.
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