The Day That Went Missing by Richard Beard audiobook

The Day That Went Missing: A Family's Story

By Richard Beard
Read by James Langton

Little, Brown & Company
8.16 Hours 1
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"Spellbinding, terrifying, deeply moving" -- an unflinching portrait of a family's silent grief, and the tragic death of a brother not spoken about for forty years (Joanna Rakoff). On a family summer holiday in Cornwall in 1978, Richard and his younger brother Nicholas are jumping in the waves. Suddenly, Nicholas is out of his depth. One moment he's there, the next he's gone. Richard and his other brothers don't attend the funeral, and incredibly the family returns immediately to the same cottage -- to complete the holiday, to carry on, in the best British tradition. They soon stop speaking of the catastrophe. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory. Nearly forty years later, Richard, an acclaimed novelist, is haunted by the missing piece of his childhood, the unexpressed and unacknowledged grief at his core. He doesn't even know the date of his brother's death or the name of the beach where the tragedy occurred. So he sets out on a painstaking investigation to rebuild Nicky's life, and ultimately to recreate the precise events on the day of the accident. The Day That Went Missing is a transcendent story of guilt and forgiveness, of reckoning with unspeakable loss. But, above all, it is a brother's most tender act of remembrance, and a man's brave act of survival. Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2018

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Winner of the 2018 PEN/Ackerley Prize

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize

"Spellbinding, terrifying, deeply moving" -- an unflinching portrait of a family's silent grief, and the tragic death of a brother not spoken about for forty years (Joanna Rakoff). On a family summer holiday in Cornwall in 1978, Richard and his younger brother Nicholas are jumping in the waves. Suddenly, Nicholas is out of his depth. One moment he's there, the next he's gone. Richard and his other brothers don't attend the funeral, and incredibly the family returns immediately to the same cottage -- to complete the holiday, to carry on, in the best British tradition. They soon stop speaking of the catastrophe. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory. Nearly forty years later, Richard, an acclaimed novelist, is haunted by the missing piece of his childhood, the unexpressed and unacknowledged grief at his core. He doesn't even know the date of his brother's death or the name of the beach where the tragedy occurred. So he sets out on a painstaking investigation to rebuild Nicky's life, and ultimately to recreate the precise events on the day of the accident. The Day That Went Missing is a transcendent story of guilt and forgiveness, of reckoning with unspeakable loss. But, above all, it is a brother's most tender act of remembrance, and a man's brave act of survival. Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2018

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle AwardShortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize
Spellbinding, terrifying, deeply moving, Richard Beard's The Day That Went Missing is a masterpiece. Fueled by Beard's dark humor and lacerating intelligence, this ferociously original memoir examines the ways in which we create mythologies to help us cope with unbearable tragedy. I basically stopped breathing on page one and didn't start again until I'd reached the book's devastating conclusion. Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year
A memoir of real truth and heartbreaking emotional heft Sunday Times
A touching, painful disquisition on memory and forgetting and the tendrils that tie us to the past. Guardian
Beard's stunning memoir tells the tragic story of his family's 1978 vacation and the subsequent 40 years he spent forgetting it.... [Beard's] beautifully written story is heartbreaking and unforgettable as he struggles with the grief he chose to forget and, now, attempts to remember again. Publisher's Weekly
This is a fascinating book, the story of a child's accidental death and how an English family dealt with it - or rather, didn't deal with it. Clear-eyed, very sad, funny at times and, despite the story it tells, ultimately uplifting in its determination to confront buried truths. Sebastian Faulks, author of Birdsong and Where My Heart Used to Beat
Beard, a novelist, takes a deeper look at the worst day of his family's life, when his younger brother drowned during their seaside vacation; the examination is both terribly moving and somehow life-affirming. Boston Globe
This haunting book is a profoundly moving study of memory, denial and grief. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Meticulously crafted and searingly honest, Beard's narrative is at once a story about the long and difficult road to self-forgiveness and a commentary on the wages of British emotional repression. A quietly brooding and intense memoir of family and reckoning with the past. Kirkus Reviews
...heartfelt, heartbreaking and heartless. Jim Crace, The New Statesman
Richard Beard writes with the urgency and simplicity that attend a profound relationship with grief, and in his struggle to understand his brother's death he uses prose that rivets our attention, even as he both savors and examines a wound he knows he will carry with him until the end of time. Kate Mulgrew, actor and author of Born with Teeth

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Author

Author Bio: Richard Beard

Author Bio: Richard Beard Richard Beard is the author of six novels, including X20, Damascus (a New York Times Notable Book), The Cartoonist, Dry Bones, and Lazarus is Dead, and three works of non-fiction. He has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and long-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English