Reading Getaway’s April Author Spotlight – James Lingard by E. M. Duesel

THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED a fact based historical novel Britain in the 1930s; a novel inspired by real events; eloping; WW2. Emily falls passionately in love with working class Walter, despite fierce opposition from her class conscious father. She sees marriage as a partnership of equals and resolves to elope to escape such a male dominated society. Emily’s actions will see her struggle to survive the subsequent devastation brought about by the war, as she and her four year old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. The family experience rationing and the terror of bombing. Their air raid shelter is destroyed by a direct hit. When Walter volunteers for the army, Emily and her son are evacuated to a rat infested cottage in a farming community near Hebden Bridge. The war changes Walter into an efficient army officer who demands to be obeyed. Emily worries that she might have a rival for his affections. How can she restore their loving relationship?

James Lingard comes from the serious inner workings of deep cerebral thought. He grew up in Hebden Bridge/Keighley Yorkshire in England, and his most formative years were spent at Dulwich College, a boarding school. It should not surprise you to learn his factual nature led him to practice Insolvency and Banking Law where during the course of the interview, he perked up at the very notion of addressing the state of a business. Is the business salvageable and are the employees still working?

He began writing at twenty when he published his first magazine article. It was a thrill seeing his writing in print and from that point he developed a love for it. He spent a long legal career writing legal briefs and books, among which is Lingard’s Bank Security Documents (LexisNexis Butterworths). When he retired, he decided to try something a bit different. Novels were a challenge and his first didn’t fair well commercially, but it led him to write the book THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED which is 90% fact based.

James loves history from the 19th century, but most of all he loves retirement. THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED can be purchased on

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