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  • Published: 15 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753545348
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $39.99

Withdrawn Traces

Searching for the Truth about Richey Manic, Foreword by Rachel Edwards


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With privileged and exclusive access to Richey’s diaries, letters and lyrics, and new testimony from Richey’s family and close friends, Withdrawn Traces brings us closer than ever before to the truth about the disappearance of an enduring music icon.


New discoveries and a fresh perspective, with unprecedented access to Richey's personal archive

On 1 February 1995, Richey Edwards, guitarist of the Manic Street Preachers, went missing at the age of 27. On the eve of a promotional trip to America, he vanished from his London hotel room, his car later discovered near the Severn Bridge, a notorious suicide spot.

Over two decades later, Richey’s disappearance remains one of the most moving, mysterious and unresolved episodes in recent pop culture history.

For those with a basic grasp of the facts, Richey's suicide seems obvious and undeniable. However, a closer investigation of his actions in the weeks and months before his disappearance just don’t add up, and until now few have dared to ask the important questions.

Withdrawn Traces is the first book written with the co-operation of the Edwards family, testimony from Richey’s closest friends and unprecedented and exclusive access to Richey’s personal archive.
In a compelling real-time narrative, the authors examine fresh evidence, uncover overlooked details, profile Richey's state of mind, and brings us closer than ever before to the truth.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753545348
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Authors

Leon Noakes

LEON NOAKES and SARA HAWYS ROBERTS have been working closely with Richey's sister, Rachel Edwards, examining Richey’s archive and investigating his disappearance. Their new discoveries and fresh perspective, together with a range of previously unseen sources, illuminates and brings a deeper understanding of the Richey Edwards story.

Sara Hawys Roberts

LEON NOAKES and SARA HAWYS ROBERTS have been working closely with Richey's sister, Rachel Edwards, examining Richey’s archive and investigating his disappearance. Their new discoveries and fresh perspective, together with a range of previously unseen sources, illuminates and brings a deeper understanding of the Richey Edwards story.


Praise for Withdrawn Traces

“Excellent ... with its precise, abundant detail ... it is a haunting depiction of a person going missing before he ever vanished.”

The Sunday Times


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