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The Continuity Girl - Patrick Kincaid

The Continuity Girl

Author Patrick Kincaid

  • Published: 2018-09-03
  • Category: Fiction & Literature


1969. Hollywood descends on a tiny Scottish village for the making of Billy Wilder’s most ambitious picture yet: a sprawling epic detailing The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. But the formidable director and his crew soon come into conflict with Jim Outhwaite, a young scientist seeking evidence for monsters.

2014. Stuck just a short walk from the East London street where she grew up, ambitious Film Studies lecturer Gemma MacDonald is restless and hungry for change. A job offer in the Highlands seems to offer escape – but only at a cost to her relationships with family and an equally ambitious American boyfriend. 

Then a lost print of Gemma’s favourite film turns up, and with it, an idea…
Two stories, separated by 45 years, are set on collision course – on the surface of Loch Ness, under the shadow of a castle – by the reappearance of the continuity girl herself: April Bloom.

"A wistfully entertaining romantic comedy spanning forty years of social and cinematic history, which offers an homage to one of Billy Wilder’s greatest films and does it proud." – Jonathan Coe