Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019

ISBN
9780571339822
Published
03/10/2019
9780571339822
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
272

About the Book

WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FIRST BOOK AWARD

‘So hard to put down.’ Daily Mail

‘Startling . . . Remarkable.’ Economist

‘Right away I was utterly absorbed.’ Sarah Jessica Parker

One father. Two sons. An impossible choice.

When thirteen-year-old Paul doesn't return home one afternoon, even his twin brother, Peter, doesn't know where he is. So their father, Clyde, must set out into the dark Trinidadian bush with a torch, to search for him on foot. And when the reasons for Paul's disappearance become clear, Clyde will be faced with a terrible decision. How does a father choose between his children? How does he weigh up what each one is worth? Which one is the golden child?

WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2019LONGLISTED FOR THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FIRST BOOK AWARD‘So hard to put down.’ Daily Mail‘Startling . . . Remarkable.’ Economist‘Right away I was utterly absorbed.’ Sarah Jessica ParkerOne father. Two sons. An impossible choice.When thirteen-year-old Paul doesn't return home one afternoon, even his twin brother, Peter, doesn't know where he is. So their father, Clyde, must set out into the dark Trinidadian bush with a torch, to search for him on foot. And when the reasons for Paul's disappearance become clear, Clyde will be faced with a terrible decision. How does a father choose between his children? How does he weigh up what each one is worth? Which one is the golden child?
“Utterly convincing, horrifying and, ultimately, intensely moving. It’s almost impossible to believe this small masterpiece is a first novel. Adam is a true and rare talent. I’m in awe.”
- Julie Myerson
“Partly a fable about choices and children; partly a sensual immersion into life in Trinidad; and wholly a bracing, brave and wise corrective to Western sentimentality about poverty and migration, I was enthralled, appalled and finally very moved by this story.”
- Kate Clanchy

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