Lindy Burleigh

Gone Girls

The Disappeared


Bloomsbury 292pp £6.99 order from our bookshop

The Disappeared, a new work of fiction from the philosopher Roger Scruton, tells what is fast becoming an everyday tale of the sexual abuse and exploitation of children in our society. Published in the wake of the shocking revelations of the Jay Report, it could not be more timely. The report detailed the systematic grooming, rape, abduction and trafficking of 1,400 children by gangs of mostly Asian men in Rotherham over a sixteen-year period. The police and local authorities knew about the activities of these gangs but ostensibly failed to act for fear of invoking charges of racism. Scruton’s novel, set in a bleak, decaying South Yorkshire town, is almost impossible to read purely as fiction as it mirrors so closely the events in Rotherham. 

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