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On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming

On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons

Laura Cumming

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2 reviews

Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 4 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781784742478

Cumming began with a few criss-crossing lives in this fraction of English coast - the postman, the grocer, the elusive baker - but soon her search spread right out across the globe as she discovered just how many lives were affected by what happened that day on the beach - including her own.

4 stars out of 5
John Carey
16 Jun 2019

"a modern masterpiece of a memoir"

New evidence about the crime with which the story starts keeps emerging until the last page. By the end you know more than you could ever have guessed about all the actors in the drama. But On Chapel Sands is much more than a search for truth. It is a moving, many-sided human story of great depth and tenderness, and a revelation of how art enriches life. In short, a masterpiece.


4 stars out of 5
9 Jun 2019

"[a] memoir"

In 1929, a girl was snatched from a beach before turning up five days later with no memory of what happened. Her daughter has now penned this memoir.