The Vanishing of Margaret Small

An uplifting and page-turning mystery

Rating 4.6
8h 41min

Description of the book

'An evocative, endearing, entertaining and thoroughly delicious character portrait and a terrific first novel' - Donal MacIntyre, TV presenter

'A tender, thought-provoking and totally gripping novel from a wonderful storyteller...deserves to be a huge hit!' - Matt Cain, author of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Meet Margaret Small: 75, plain spoken, Whitstable native and a Cilla Black super fan. Shortly after the death of her idol, Margaret begins receiving sums of money in the post, signed simply 'C'.

She is convinced it must be Cilla, but how can it be? To solve the mystery of her benefactor Margaret must go back in her memories almost 70 years, to the time when she was 'vanished' to a long-stay institution for children with learning disabilities.

An absorbing and page-turning mystery with a dual timeline, The Vanishing of Margaret Small takes readers into a fascinating past, and introduces an unforgettable literary heroine.

Perfect for fans of Libby Page and Gail Honeyman.

Praise for The Vanishing of Margaret Small:

'A captivating and charming story' - Imogen Clark

'Funny, sad and uplifting all at once' - Frances Quinn

'A beautiful story of human spirit and its power to thrive against the odds' - Anstey Harris

'A fantastic, feel-good story . . . rich in nostalgia and a joy to read' - Matson Taylor

'Beautifully observed and poignant. An outstanding debut.' Alex Brown

'Compelling and authentic . . . Margaret's story is quiet but her voice is mighty' - Julietta Henderson



Length Audiobook:

8h 41min





Publisher Audiobook:

Bonnier Publishing Fiction

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What others think

Reviews of The Vanishing of Margaret Small –

I loved this book, it was just so sad


Great book about a painful story


An amazing story, it made me laugh, it made me cry, a must read.


Abdolutely LOVED this story! It is also very sad I'm places as it is based on some true events The book is about a little girl called Margaret, born in the 1940's with learning disabilities who 'vanishes' to an institution (she gets taken away from her family and mainstream society). Absolutely heartbreaking. As she grows up and we follow Margatet on her lifelong journey, she starts receiving mysterious letters signed by 'C'. This written with compassion and love and the end of the book gives you the background story that led to the making of this book. Margaret is an adorable, kind and charming character and this beautiful book will stay with me forever....I admit I got a lump in my throat several times during this book, especially at the end. I HIGHLY recommend!!