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The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips
  

The Lost Child

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This is a beautifully articulate and poignant novel, at times it maintains a discreet solitary distance from its own moving story, ensuring that as moments of realisation steal into your consciousness and understanding flows into your heart… they stay with you. The author spirals through time, teases history and suggests new beginnings. The story branches three ways, breathtakingly different, remote yet entwined, flowing together and unfurling heartbreaking moments of perception and compassion. The isolation of the characters is shocking, they do not encourage affection or intimacy, their story isn't neat, tidy, clean or explained, you are instead left to observe, to recognise and so find yourself jolted and shaken into awareness, sorrow and regret and yet somehow a fluttering of hope steals across the pages for a story yet untold.

Wuthering Heights’ and the Bronte family are intrinsically linked to this story, if you haven't yet met Emily, Charlotte and Anne, your journey through ’The Lost Child’ will potentially introduce you to some new companions. ~ Liz Robinson

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The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips's The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its centre is Monica Johnson, cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner, and her bitter struggle to raise her sons in the shadow of the wild moors of the north of England. Intertwined with her modern narrative is the ragged childhood of Emily Bronte's Heathcliff, the anti-hero of Wuthering Heights and one of literature's most enigmatic lost boys. Written in the tradition of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and J.M. Coetzee's Foe, The Lost Child is a multifaceted, deeply original response to Emily Bronte's masterpiece. A critically acclaimed and sublimely talented storyteller, Phillips recovers the mysteries of the past to illuminate the predicaments of the present, getting at the heart of alienation, exile, and family by transforming a classic into a profound story that is singularly its own.

Reviews

'Phillips is a master of his prose...a writer adept at building atmosphere'. * Tribune Magazine * 'Every exchange matters, every word - spoken or unspoken - counts. That Phillips evokes this with such disquieting beauty and strength is a profound achievement.' * The Tablet * `Phillips writes with acute insight...heart-breaking' * Independent * `Phillips has found a way to enlist the strange energy of Emily Bronte's work and redirect it to powerful and surprising effect' * Times Literary Supplement * `vividly re-created... fascinating. The atmosphere and language are intricately done, shifting with the decades and locales in a kind of linguistic odyssey' * Herald * `Powerful... affecting' * Spectator * 'A literary gem... haunting' * Woman's Way * `Bold... complex' * Sunday Times * `The prose is as sleek as you would expect from a writer as accomplished as Phillips' * Guardian * `This novel weaves together a series of stories featuring a cast of outsiders and orphans preoccupied by the idea of home... Expertly written and artfully crafted' * Daily Mail * `Intricately layered...complex and compelling' * Independent * `The account of Emily's father teaching her to shoot is very * Mail on Sunday *'


About the Author

Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Dancing in the Dark, Colour Me English, Crossing the River, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and A Distant Shore, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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Publication date

2nd April 2015

Author

Caryl Phillips

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Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780746999

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