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The Lost Child


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'A highly original narrative that is both startling and strangely moving.' -- James Lasdun 'With uncanny intimacy, eloquence, and compassion, Caryl Phillips stitches together past and present, the world of classic English literature and of hardscrabble, contemporary English life more movingly than ever before. The simple, startling result is that, after The Lost Child, English literature looks richer, more mysterious and more human.' -- Pico Iyer

About the Author

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.


'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 *

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