The Disappeared

"Your new novel is beautiful. It is one of your best books; perhaps the very best..

The Disappeared is an apparently straightforward title for his new novel. But the writer and philosopher Roger Scruton has created a radiantly beautiful aesthetic whole in which there is even more going on than initially meets the mind’s eye." - Chris Morrissey, The B.C. Catholic 

"beautiful and dramactic prose..the author describes the clash of cultures, in this case of mainly Afghan migrants living in Britain, rather brilliantly.” - Julie Bindel- Standpoint

"Roger Scruton's 'The Disappeared'. One of those novels you want everyone to read. At once. Now.."· Tweeted by Whnn Wheldon 

“ It’s a gripping, disturbing narrative…” Douglas Murray – The Spectator

“An intelligent, intricate novel” Kate Saunders -  The Times

"Scruton shows us how to see beyond stereotypes to a point where you accept that most people are worthy of salvation. While it may not be so easy to love your enemies, Scruton shows that understanding them is the first step along the path of true love" Dr Mark Dooley - Irish Daily Mail

“This is a 'different' type of mystery storytelling --Political --Personal -- Pivotal!” - Goodreads 

“The topics covered in this novel are not for the faint-hearted”

 “ somewhat harrowing story”

 “with all of the challenges and potent pitfalls is richly described”

“This story will definitely stay with me for some time” “It was a powerful story, and well written”

“People talk about stories being "ripped from the headlines", and this one really is.”

“Scruton masterfully wove three seemingly unconnected stories together.”

 “this novel wins because it is brave and exhilarating and never loses sight of an essential humanity that transcends all cultures and persists through the most horrific abuses and privations.”

Listen to Roger talking to Richard Reinsch about The Disappeared on a podcast.

Latest Articles

'Kant vs cant: How liberals lost their way' - Spectator Life, June 18

I recently attended an academic seminar, along with some of the most thoughtful and distinguished members of what is sometimes called the ‘liberal establishment’. The topic was ‘the crisis of...

The modern dog's life: two families, two homes and a commute - The Times, April 18

There’s nothing like a second home in the country to ease the stress and strain of urban life. After a few weeks marching up and down the Kings Road and...

'How to Build a Skyline at Human Scale' - The American Conservative, May 18

Buildings touch the ground, and the business of resting on the ground, rather than crushing, mutilating, or annihilating it, is one fundamental part of the architectural task. But buildings also...

'Loyalty as a Virtue' - Legatum Institute 10 May 18

Loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities and nations together. In defining, loyalty Sir Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which...

Recent Books

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Bloomsbury (November 2017) Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity,...

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

Profile Books (August 2017) Roger Scruton looks at the central ideas of conservatism over the centuries. He examines conservative thinking on civil society, the rule of law and the role...

On Human Nature

On Human Nature

Princeton University Press (February 2017) In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists,...

2018 Events

Scrutopia Summer School 2018

21-24 June - Alpine Fellowship Meeting, Venice

21 July - Radical Mischief Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon

1-4 Aug - Summer School Alumni Meeting, Cirencester

20 Sept - Prayer Book Society Conference, Cirencester

5-12 Oct - America