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Nightingale Point - Luan Goldie

Nightingale Point

By: Luan Goldie

Paperback | 23 January 2020

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THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD WINNER

A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK

On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries.

Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after.
Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years.
Tristan wishes Malachi would stop pining for Pamela. No wonder he's falling in with the wrong crowd, without Malachi to keep him straight.
Elvis is trying hard to remember to the instructions his care worker gave him, but sometimes he gets confused and forgets things.
Pamela wants to run back to Malachi but her overprotective father has locked her in and there's no way out.

It's a day like any other, until something extraordinary happens. When the sun sets, Nightingale Point is irrevocably changed and somehow, through the darkness, the residents must find a way back to lightness, and back to each other.

About the Author

Luan Goldie is a primary school teacher, and formerly a business journalist. She has written several short stories and is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2017 for her short story 'Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns'. She was also shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize in 2018 and the Grazia Orange First Chapter competition in 2012, and was chosen to take part in the Almasi League, an Arts Council-funded mentorship programme for emerging writers of colour. Nightingale Point is her debut novel
Industry Reviews

MORE PRAISE FOR NIGHTINGALE POINT

'Nightingale Point is a timely and powerfully told tale of a working-class community in crisis...Luan Goldie writes vividly about the inner lives of characters who inhabit a world so often overlooked. This is a stunning debut that heralds a new and exciting voice in fiction'
Mike Gayle,

'Luan Goldie is one to watch. Her writing is heartfelt and sublime'
Abir Mukherjee, author of A Necessary Evil and Smoke and Ashes

'So much warmth in the description of a working class community...it's not perfect or idealistic, but it's warm and recognisable'
Jendella Benson, contributing editor for Black Ballad

'Pacy, vivid and moving. I read it in two sittings and am still thinking about Tristan and Malachi, as if I knew them from school'
Katy Mahood, author of Entanglement

'Costa prize-winning author Goldie compassionately explores the ways her characters' lives are changed, and how they live with the aftermath'
Daily Mail

'Brilliant and moving'
Metro

'A story of hope, a cheer to the strength and importance of community and resilience. Beautiful, assured and sincere' Platinum magazine

'Gripping from the get-go...Goldie's talent for writing with pace and creating flawed characters you really grow to care about, makes it all the more affecting...important'
Newcastle Evening Chronicle

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