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The Continuity Girl

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1969. Hollywood descends on a tiny Scottish village for the making of Billy Wilder's most ambitious picture yet: a sprawling epic detailing The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. But the formidable director and his crew soon come into conflict with Jim Outhwaite, a young scientist seeking evidence for monsters.

2014. Stuck just a short walk from the East London street where she grew up, ambitious Film Studies lecturer Gemma MacDonald is restless and hungry for change. A job offer in the Highlands seems to offer escape - but only at a cost to her relationships with family and an equally ambitious American boyfriend.

Then a lost print of Gemma's favourite film turns up, and with it, an idea...

Two stories, separated by 45 years, are set on collision course - on the surface of Loch Ness, under the shadow of a castle - by the reappearance of the continuity girl herself: April Bloom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 25mm | 314g
  • Unbound Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 191158698X
  • 9781911586982
  • 1,186,300

Review quote

"A wistfully entertaining romantic comedy spanning forty years of social and cinematic history, which offers a hommage to one of Billy Wilder's greatest films and does it proud." - Jonathan Coe
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About Patrick Kincaid

Like April in The Continuity Girl, Patrick is an Anglo-American. He was born to an English mother in Amarillo, Texas, but moved to the UK when his American father was stationed in Oxfordshire with the USAF in the mid-1970s. Unlike his older brother, Patrick was sent to a local rather than a base school, and very quickly went native. He eventually gained a PhD in English Literature at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. For the past 14 years, he has taught English to secondary school children in an inner-city comprehensive in Coventry.

Long a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, Patrick contributed one of his own, `The Doll and His Maker', to MX Publishing's Sherlock's Home: The Empty House, an anthology of pastiches put together to raise funds for the preservation of one of the author's former homes. As well as writing fiction, Patrick is a keen poet. He was short-listed for the Bridport Poetry Prize in 2012 and long-listed for the Fish Poetry Prize in 2013
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Rating details

72 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 32% (23)
4 43% (31)
3 19% (14)
2 3% (2)
1 3% (2)
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