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    If You Were There: Missing People And The Marks They Leave Behind

    £14.99
    Recommended by Lewis Camley, our Marketing Manager

    At once a robust journalistic exploration of our missing persons crisis and a delicate memoir of the debut author’s own experience of being left behind, If You Were There is moving and informative in its examination of why people disappear, where they go, and what’s left in their wake.

    Taking in conversations with police units, charities, the returned, and the loved ones still searching for answers – of which Garcia is one – the book offers an affecting look at an under-reported social trauma, riven with the empathy of an investigator who has spent his life asking himself the same questions.

    I surprised myself by devouring this book in one sitting, and it hasn’t left me since – not, as you might expect, because of its tragedies, but instead for its glimpses of a society that still cares, for its gentleness with grief and forgiveness, and its unexpected and quietly profound ending.

    ISBN: 9780008412159
    AuthorFrancisco Garcia
    Pub Date13/05/2021
    BindingHardback
    Pages336
    Availability: In Stock

    A powerful, evocative and deeply personal journey into the world of missing people



    When Francisco Garcia was just seven years old, his father, Christobal, left his family. Unemployed, addicted to drink and drugs, and adrift in life, Christobal decided he would rather disappear altogether than carry on dealing with the problems in front of him. So that's what he did, leaving his young wife and child in the dead of night. He has been missing ever since.


    Twenty years on, Francisco is ready to take up the search for answers. Why did this happen and how could it be possible? Where might his father have gone? And is there any reason to hope for a happy reunion? During his journey, which takes him all across Britain and back to his father's homeland of Spain, Francisco tells the stories of those he meets along the way: the police investigators; the charity employees and volunteers; the once missing and those perilously at risk around us; the families, friends and all those left behind.


    If You Were There is the moving and affecting story of one man's search for his lost family, an urgent document of where we are now and a powerful, timeless reminder of our responsibility to others.

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    A powerful, evocative and deeply personal journey into the world of missing people



    When Francisco Garcia was just seven years old, his father, Christobal, left his family. Unemployed, addicted to drink and drugs, and adrift in life, Christobal decided he would rather disappear altogether than carry on dealing with the problems in front of him. So that's what he did, leaving his young wife and child in the dead of night. He has been missing ever since.


    Twenty years on, Francisco is ready to take up the search for answers. Why did this happen and how could it be possible? Where might his father have gone? And is there any reason to hope for a happy reunion? During his journey, which takes him all across Britain and back to his father's homeland of Spain, Francisco tells the stories of those he meets along the way: the police investigators; the charity employees and volunteers; the once missing and those perilously at risk around us; the families, friends and all those left behind.


    If You Were There is the moving and affecting story of one man's search for his lost family, an urgent document of where we are now and a powerful, timeless reminder of our responsibility to others.