By Helen Smith
Roy Travers is swept away via a freak gust of wind whereas attempting to set up a bouncy fort in Brockwell Park, south London. Sheila, his spouse, can’t comprehend why he hasn’t chanced on his long ago domestic. She starts to suspect that Roy has been kidnapped via extraterrestrial beings and enlists the aid of Mrs Fitzgerald’s Bureau of research to discover him. Sheila travels to Kent with Alison, a personal detective. jointly they construct a lacking folks commercial out of pebbles on a seashore, hoping it is going to be visible through the extraterrestrial beings who've taken Roy. yet Roy was once now not taken via extraterrestrial beings. as a matter of fact a long way stranger. 'Smith has a prepared eye for fabric information, yet her prose is lucid and uncluttered by means of heavy description. think a satire on Cool Britannia made through the Coen Brothers... very funny.' occasions Literary complement
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When Sheila telephones, it is Mrs Fitzgerald herself who answers. She sounds sympathetic and experienced. Sheila makes an appointment to meet Mrs Fitzgerald and another woman named Alison, who will be assigned to help her look for Roy. For the first time since he disappeared, Sheila feels that she has got some help from people who know what they’re doing. Chapter Three ~ On The Bus Ella Fitzgerald is riding the buses again. She has found this an excellent opportunity to observe mad people, who ride around all day long on a Travelcard, mumbling to themselves.
With the persistence and strength of an elephant moving tree trunks in the jungle, the wind produces a fierce, blowing burst that transforms the anchorless castle into a flying craft, Roy Travers its only passenger. At first Roy laughs as he feels it lift beneath him. Bouncy castles are usually a bit tame as an amusement, except for the smallest children, but a flyaway castle strikes him as funny for a few seconds as it rises swiftly on the strong spurt of wind. ‘Hey,’ Roy shouts, as much to the castle as to anyone else, as if it might come to its senses and deposit him back on the ground.
Brian Donald’s wife has sent him round to the flat in Brixton after work this evening to see if Sheila Travers is alright. Brian’s wife is at home looking after her bedridden mother so she can’t go herself. She’s worried because she can’t get any answer from Sheila on the phone and Sheila hasn’t returned any of her messages. Brian has always been a bit wary of Sheila. She is a quiet person, with a determination and depth to her personality that he has always shied away from, associating that kind of quiet certainty with people who suddenly become born-again Christians.