We recently had the opportunity to speak with Author James Lingard about his book, The Girl Who Disappeared.

The Girl Who Disappeared is a wonderful, adventurous story set in Britain at the brink of World War II. Emily (James’ mother) falls in love with Walter, a working class gentleman who fiercely adores her. Despite her father’s disapproval, Emily decides to elope in an attempt to leave a male dominated society and the control of her father. When Walter later volunteers for the Army, Emily and their 4-year-old son are thrust into the dangers and consequences of war. Walter is a different man after the war, in large part due to his experience as an accomplished Army Officer, leaving Emily to wonder if their loving relationship will return.

The story focuses on Emily’s incredible sacrifice, resilience, and love despite the hardships she faces – which is definitely something that many of our military spouse friends can relate to.


About the Story

James used personal experiences, first-hand accounts, and family stories to construct this novel based on his parents’ elopement on the brink of World War II and the trials and tribulations of their marriage thereafter.

James is the character of Richard in the story, and notes that much of the story is factually accurate. James did receive military training at Dulwich College and he was an accomplished lawyer. Additionally, the sentiment his grandfather had towards his father, the travels his parents took across the United States and Europe, and the success his father later had in the banking industry is all accurate as well. James was also fortunate to work with Richard Gallichan, the commander of the motor torpedo boat that spotted the German battleships in the English Channel, who provided first-hand accounts of World War II that James used throughout the story.


Author Spotlight

James Lingard originally wrote articles on legal topics while at University. Due to encouragement from his father, he later became an expert on both banking and insolvency law and was asked by LexisNexis, a leading global provider of workflow solutions for the legal, corporate, government, and accounting markets, to write Lingard’s Bank Security Documents, which is now in it’s 7th edition. James is most proud of this piece because it became the leading work in its field and challenged a universally held view on charges over book debts, resulting in the UK Supreme Court upholding his reasoning and changing the law.

Once retired James continued to write, indulging first in history. Britain at War 1939-1945: What Life was like During the War? is now in its 2nd edition. The Girl Who Disappeared was a 2-year project that James labored over in order to represent the social history of the time period in a way that honored both his family and the history and repercussions of World War II.


James was also kind enough to share some tidbits of advice on how to write a novel. Check out his points below:


Grab your copy of The Girl Who Disappeared from Amazon (Kindle, Audiobook, or Paperback formats) or Walmart!

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