The Continuity Girl

The Continuity Girl

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The Continuity Girl is centred on the supposed discovery of an uncut print of Billy Wilder's celebrated film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). It begins in the run up to 2014's Scottish independence referendum, when Gemma MacDonald, a London-based Film Studies lecturer of Scottish heritage, is tasked with presenting the new print at a festival screening in Inverness. She seeks out April Korzeniowski, the movie's Californian continuity supervisor (NB-in reality, this role fell to Elaine Schreyeck, whose remarkable career deserves another and quite different book). We then switch to 1969 and learn of the affair that develops between April and a young English scientist, Jim Outhwaite. Jim is a member of the Loch Ness Research Group, and thus a dedicated seeker of evidence for the Loch Ness monster.

But in life, as in a Billy Wilder movie, nothing goes to plan and nobody is quite who they seem. While men are landing on the moon and the 1960s approaches its bitter, gloriously sound-tracked end, fault lines begin to appear between the director and his stars, between Jim and his colleagues (and their wives), and between lovers brought together by extreme circumstances. It's a long wait for golden time to alight on Urquhart Castle, and when it does, the moment must be snatched before it's gone...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 25mm | 314g
  • Unbound Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 191158698X
  • 9781911586982
  • 1,455,786

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"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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92 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 33% (30)
4 40% (37)
3 21% (19)
2 3% (3)
1 3% (3)
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