Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Velazquez Laura Cumming shares the riveting story of her mother s mysterious kidnapping as a toddler in a small English coastal village and how that event reverberated through her own family and her art for decades.In the fall of 1929, when Laura Cumming s mother was three years old, she was kidnapped from a beach on the Lincolnshire coast of England There were no screams when she was taken, suggesting the culprit was someone familiar to her, and when she turned up again in a nearby village several days later, she was found in perfect health and happiness No one was ever accused of a crime The incident quickly faded from her memory, and her parents never discussed it To the contrary, they deliberately hid it from her, and she did not learn of it for half a century.This was not the only secret her parents kept from her For many years, while raising her in draconian isolation and protectiveness, they also hid the fact that she d been adopted, and that shortly after the kidnapping, her name was changed from Grace to Betty.In Five Days Gone, Laura Cumming brilliantly unspools the tale of her mother s life and unravels the multiple mysteries at its core Using photographs from the time, historical documents, and works of art, Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the toolset of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her family s past and its legacies Compulsive, vivid, and profoundly touching, Five Days Gone is a masterful blend of memoir and history, an extraordinary personal narrative unlike any other. Free Download [ Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child ] author [ Laura Cumming ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com
Laura Cumming born July 1961 the art critic for The Observer In addition to her career in journalism, Cumming has written well received books on self portraits in art and the discovery of a lost portrait by Diego Vel zquez in 1845.
- 320 pages
- Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
- Laura Cumming
- 04 June 2018 Laura Cumming