LoveReading View on Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
January 2017 Debut of the Month.
An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and stings at your awareness. A mystery sits centre stage, yet there is much more on offer here than may first appear. Set in the 60’s, the fabulous descriptive detailing ensures you are set firmly not only in the place, but also the time. This story feels like a tapestry of different threads that are slowly twisting together to create one intense and vibrant picture. There is a subtlety at play here, the story can float in different directions before it blasts your thoughts aside in a hit of raw, flinch-inducing reality. I loved the echoes of disappointment and hope that brought ‘Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars’ to life, this really is a rather lovely and engaging read. ~ Liz Robinson
Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars Synopsis
How do you find a missing actress in a city where everyone's playing a role? A mystery, a love-story and a darkly beguiling tale of secrets and reinvention set in 1960s London. Soho, 1965. In a tiny two-bed flat above a Turkish cafe on Neal Street lives Anna Treadway, a young dresser at the Galaxy Theatre. When the American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after an evening's performance at the Galaxy, 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...
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Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars Reader Reviews
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
- Phylippa Smithson - 'This is a story of the hunt for a missing actress and so much more. Racialism, sexism, childhood, loss of respect for The Institutions once held sacrosanct and so on. Great read.'
- Elisabeth Thomas - 'A super read - highly enjoyable and thought provoking.'
- Emily Wright - 'This evocatively descriptive debut brings to life swinging sixties London in glorious technicolour. I felt instantly at home with Miranda Emmerson’s style and phrasing, akin to reading a novel by a much loved, established author.'
- Ann Peet - 'An engrossing, enjoyable story about the disappearance of an actress set in 1960s London.'
- Cheryl Kinney - 'Really enjoyed the story and it was very well written. Look forward to reading more from this author.'
- Sue Broom - 'An exceptionally well-written debut by an author I'll be following closely from now on.'
- Shriya Khambhaita - 'An unusual read in a good way.'
- Humaira - 'I liked the characters and plot but it just lacked something for me.'
- Kathy Howell - 'This a really well written book and I found it hard to put down.'
- Angie Rhodes - 'I loved this book...One to be read slowly just so it takes longer to finish!'
- Beverley Davenport - 'A wonderful exploration of human nature and life for some people living in England in the 60’s, people who you want to succeed and find acceptance and forgiveness, if only within themselves.
- Katie Hoare - 'This is a well written story which keeps the reader wanting to find out more and guessing.'
- Linde Merrick - 'This is a well-crafted, thought-provoking novel which should be on everyone's reading list.'
- Trilby Humphryes - 'A fabulously immersive book which drags the reader on the snowy, seedy streets of 60s London on the hunt for the glamorous Iothanthe Green. An absolute must read for this winter.'
- Lisa Keast - 'An absolutely fantastic book that I would recommend. Much more than a crime story but a look at the lives of others living in a prejudiced London in the 1960s who are all trying to find Lanny.'
- Edel Waugh - 'Sometimes sad with plenty of mystery, it's sure to keep you up to the small hours of the morning in the search for answers!'
- Rosie Watch - 'The insight into London in the 60's was fascinating, both the fashions and the atmosphere but also the attitudes to race, class and colour...an enjoyable read.'
- Val Rowe - 'An intriguing, unputdownable novel revealing the darker side of the Swinging Sixties.'
Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars Press Reviews
'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
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