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The disappearance boy, Neil Bartlett

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The disappearance boy
Title
The disappearance boy
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Neil Bartlett
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eng
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Reggie Rainbow is an angry young man who treads the backstage corridors of down-at-heel theatres for a living. Childhood polio has left him with a limp, but his strong arms and nimble fingers are put to perfect use behind the scenes, helping the illusionist Mr Brookes to 'disappear' a series of glamorous assistants twice nightly. But in 1953, bookings for magic acts are scarce, even in London. So when Mr Brookes is unexpectedly offered a slot at the Brighton Grand, Reggie finds himself back out on the road and living in a strange new town. The sea air begins to work its own peculiar kind of magic, and, as the bunting goes up in the streets outside the theatre for the Grand's forthcoming Coronation spectacular, Reggie begins to wonder just how much of his own life is an act--and what might have happened to somebody who disappeared from that life long ago
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Title
The disappearance boy
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Reggie Rainbow got his name at the orphanage. He had polio as a child, and seventeen years of using crutches have given him strong hands and nimble fingers. It is this dexterity, perfect for illusions, which first led Mr. Brookes to hire him for the act. Reggie has been a disappearance boy for years now, making a long string of alluring assistants vanish while Mr. Brookes tricks and misdirects the audience. But in the spring of 1953, the public no longer seem interested in illusionists. Bookings are slim, even in London. When Mr. Brookes gets a new slot at the down-at-the-heel Brighton Grand, Reggie finds himself in a strange town, one full of dark and unexplored corners. And it is the arrival of Pamela Rose, a beautiful new assistant, that truly turns his life upside down. As the Grand's spectacular Coronation show nears, Reggie begins to wonder how much of his own life has been an act - and sets out to find somebody who disappeared from his life long ago. This is the tale of one young man coming into adulthood amidst the smoke-and-mirrors backstage world; a story of love, tears, and illusion - of all that stays behind the curtain.
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Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2014.
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10361485
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DLC
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6052.A7543
LC item number
D57 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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Neil Bartlett
The disappearance boy, Neil Bartlett
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The disappearance boy, Neil Bartlett
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ocn871061705
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Dimensions
22 cm
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Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781620407257
Lccn
2014456273
System control number
(OCoLC)871061705

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