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HOW DO YOU FIND A MISSING ACTRESS IN A CITY WHERE EVERYONE'S PLAYING A ROLE?
Soho. 1965. Anna Treadway is working as a dresser at the Galaxy Theatre. When the American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after an evening's performance, 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...
"Anna Treadway lived on Neal Street in a tiny two-bed flat above a Turkish cafe. She went to bed each night smelling cumin, lamb and lemons, listening to the jazz refrain from Ottmar’s radio below. She woke to the rumble and cry of the marketmen surging below her window and to the sharp, pungent smell of vegetables beginning to decay. When she went to buy fruit at seven o’clock it took her past the Punjab India restaurant. Past the emerald green face of Ellen Keeley the barrow maker. Past the dirty oxblood tiles of the tube station where Neal Street ended and James Street began. Past Floral Street where the market boys drank their wages away and down, down, down to the Garden. Covent Garden: once the convent garden. Now so full of sin and earth and humanity. Still a garden really, after all these years."
Reviews for Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
‘A fabulous depiction of a London where the 'Swinging Sixties' hides a darker more complicated story of prejudice and struggle. I loved the strong women and evocative writing from an author offering more questions than clues’ Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
‘A fabulous period piece, expertly evoked, that looks at race, identity, isolation and acceptance, and everyone’s need to find love’ Daily Mail
‘Well researched and well crafted’ Observer
‘A deftly assured debut, full of layers and characters that come alive in a few vivid sentences. I can’t wait to read more from Miranda Emmerson’ Red
‘A zippy read set in the Swinging Sixties’ Good Housekeeping
One of Elle magazine's three new novels everyone's reading this year
One of Stylist magazine's most exciting reads for January
A Bookmuse recommended read