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The Lost Child

by Caryl Phillips

Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Lost Child

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

Liz Robinson

The Lost Child Synopsis

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.

The Lost Child Press Reviews

'Intricately layered...complex and compelling'
Independent

'The account of Emily's father teaching her to shoot is very Mail on Sunday '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

'The prose is as sleek as you would expect from a writer as accomplished as Phillips'
Guardian

'Bold... complex'
Sunday Times

'Powerful... affecting'
Spectator

'vividly re-created... fascinating. The atmosphere and language are intricately done, shifting with the decades and locales in a kind of linguistic odyssey'
Herald

'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

'Phillips writes with acute insight...heart-breaking'
Independent

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ISBN: 9781780747989
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781780747989
Publication date: 3rd September 2015
Author: Caryl Phillips
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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