MISS TREADWAY & THE FIELD OF STARS by Mi­randa Em­mer­son, Harper­Collins.

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An ex­quis­ite glimpse into the 1960s twi­light world of London’s Soho night-work­ers – re­vue dancers, mu­si­cians, taxi driv­ers and jour­nal­ists – scud­ding aside for the morn­ing shift of bar­row boys, flower sellers, shop girls and back­street abor­tion­ists. The de­but novel from a distin­guished Bri­tish play­wright, it fea­tures theatre dresser Anna Treadway, a chameleon char­ac­ter who en­ters stage left, book­ish, then ex­its right, flir­ta­tious, hitch­ing her skirt to get what she de­sires. Ac­tress Iolan­the left her per­for­mance in The Field of Stars to go back to her ho­tel, but has not been seen since. Anna gath­ers a cast of friends to help find her, and they poke their noses in where they’re not wel­come. Iolan­the’s dark se­cret is the clue to the mys­tery, but this book’s strength is in its snap­shot of a city in chang­ing times.

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