Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child


      Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
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unspools the tale of her mother s life and unravels the multiple mysteries at its core Using photographs from the time, historical documents, and works of art, Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the toolset of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
  • Laura Cumming
  • 04 June 2018
  • 1501198718

10 thoughts on “ Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child

  1. says:

    Laura Cumming found the inspiration to write this memoir in a story of a 3 year old girl who was abducted in 1929 from a beach, and was found safe and sound after five days This story had a happy end, even a double one, as the little girl had no memories of the event as she grew older This all sounds like a plot of a good thriller, however, it is even better than that, since the little girl was Ms Cumming s mother After years of silence, secrets and allusions, Laura Cumming decided to Laura Cumming found the inspiration to write this memoir in a story of a 3 year old girl who was abducted in 1929 from a beach, and was found safe and sound after five days This story had a happy end, even a double one, as the little girl had no memories of the event as she grew older This all sounds like a plot of a good thriller, however, it is even better than that, since the little girl was Ms Cumming s mother After years of silence, secrets and allusions, Laura Cumming decided to investigate what really had happened on the beach in Chapel, a small sea side village, and this was the beginning of unravelling incredibly complicated family history The story in which voices from the past and pictures gradually complete the puzzle that consists of hundreds of pieces I seldom turn to memoirs, but I am happy to have read this one, and a thank you to the Authoress for all emotions this book stirred in me.I lis...

  2. says:

    3.5 A mother and daughter search for answers in this unusual memoir Family, art and the quest for identity are major themes as a set of photographs are the impetus that leads the daughter to try to track down the mystery of her mother s life A family story with a mystery at the heart as her mother was taken when she was three and returned a few days later Who took her and why was she returned Following the clues in the pictures, she finds out her mother, now called Betty, was once called 3.5 A mother and daughter search for answers in this unusual memoir Family, art and the quest for identity are major themes as a set of photographs are the impetus that leads the daughter to try to track down the mystery of her mother s life A family story with a mystery at the heart as her mother was taken when she was three and returned a few days later Who took her and why was she returned Following the clues in the pictures...

  3. says:

    She started out her life as Grace until she was adopted before age 3, then she was Betty A name she never liked Later she called herself Elizabeth An older couple adopted her at age 3, George and Veda Elston She grew to dislike George, who was controlling and didn t want her mingling with others in the tiny village She wasn t allowed to go out and play with any of the local kids This story is about the discovery of her strange disappearance that happened when she was about 3, but she wasn She started out her life as Grace until she was adopted before age 3, then she was Betty A name she never liked Later she called herself Elizabeth An older couple adopted her at age 3, George and Veda Elston She grew to dislike George, who was controlling and didn t want her mingling with others in the...

  4. says:

    This book has its origins and setting in Chapel St Leonards, a village on the Lincolnshire coast Being a Lincolnshire lad I therefore had to read this Laura Cummings s mother was brought up there and Cummings has set out to piece together her mother s upbringing Her mother was born in 1926, is still living and was adopted at the age of three It was not until many years later and Cummings and her mother discovered that in 1929 three year old Betty was kidnapped from Chapel Sands and was not This book has its origins and setting in Chapel St Leonards, a village on the Lincolnshire coast Being a Lincolnshire lad I therefore had to read this Laura Cummings s mother was brought up there and Cummings has set out to piece together her mother s upbringing Her mother was born in 1926, is still living and was adopted at the age of three It was not until many years later and Cummings and her mother discovered that in 1929 three year old Betty was kidnapped from Chapel Sands and was not found for five days dressed in entirely different clothes and unharmed She has no recollection of the event Cummings in this account pieces together the mystery of her mother s upbringing from some clues, some accounts from the descendants of those involved and an...

  5. says:

    The author painted a beautiful picture of her mother s life and times As I pictured this little girl I wish I could have taken her in my arms, she had such a hard life While reading I realised was not so very different from my own mother s life story It also occurred to me that pre...

  6. says:

    This account of the uncovering of the past that was hidden to the author s mother for much of her life has been much lauded, and I can only add to the chorus of praise I loved the writing, the delicate unraveling of the mystery, the importance given to images, and the illumination of love between mothers and daughters.On an autumn evening in 1929, three year old Betty Elston was taken from a Lincolnshire beach Her mother, Veda, was close at hand as her daughter played happily on Chapel Sands, This account of the uncovering of the past that was hidden to the author s mother for much of her life has been much lauded, and I can only add to the chorus of praise I loved the writing, the delicate unraveling of the mystery, the importance given to images, and the illumination of love between mothers and daughters.On an autumn evening in 1929, three year old Betty Elston was taken from a Lincolnshire beach Her mother, Veda, was close at hand as her daughter played happily on Chapel Sands, but her attention wandered, she looked away, and when she looked back the child had vanished.Her father, George, a travelling salesman, was called home the police were summoned but a few days later, the little girl was found safe and well in a nearby village, completely unharmed but dressed in a brand new set of clothes She was restored to her parents, her memory of what ha...

  7. says:

    This is a moving memoir, by Laura Cumming, about her mother s early life Her mother, Elizabeth, was known as Betty as a child, but, before that, she was Grace She lived in a seaside village, Chapel St Leonards, where, one day in 1929, she was abducted from the beach One moment she played on the sand, with her adopted mother, Veda, the next she was snatched away and was missing for some days.In this book, Laura Cumming attempts to uncover the mystery of this mysterious event in her mother s This is a moving memoi...

  8. says:

    I talk about this book in my video for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction 2019 Shortlist

  9. says:

    From BBC radio 4 Book of the week In her new book, the art critic Laura Cumming unravels the mystery of her mother s disappearance one day in late 1929 Five days went by before she was found unharmed, but she remembered nothing of these events and the silence about what happened remained for fifty years when the circumstances of her kidnap came to light Laura finds clues in everyday objects and crucially the family photo album, and her search for the truth uncovers a series of secrets, From BBC radio 4 Book of the week In her new book, the art critic Laura Cumming unravels the mystery of her mother s disappearance one day in late 1929 Five days went by before she was found unharmed, but she remembered nothing of these events and the silence about what happened remained for fifty years when the circumstances of her kidnap came to light Laura finds clues in everyday objects and crucially the family photo album, ...

  10. says:

    I heard about this book on NPR, and it sounded so compelling that I immediately acquired a copy There is too much book for the story I almost immediately guessed the kernel of the story, and although the NPR piece had set me up for a big surprise at the end, none came what I had already guessed was the whole surprise The writing is overwrought...

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