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Golden Child

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019

Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life in a society.

Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, 13 years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness.

When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and whom he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul's fate, his world shatters - leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.

Claire Adam's devastating first novel compassionately brings to life different ways of experiencing the world. Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling, a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal and love.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Golden Child is a stunning novel written with force and beauty. Though true to herself, Adam's work stands tall beside icons of her tradition like V.S. Naipaul." - Jennifer Clement

"Golden Child swells with wisdom about masculinity, family, violence and sacrifice. I read it in a sitting, gripping the pages, nails chewed down by the final word. An intense, heart-breaking debut." - Daniel Magariel

"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

"The characters in Golden Child are so completely real that I keep forgetting that their home is the page; they seem to breathe and think on their own. This is a devastating, wonderful book, and I can't help but wait impatiently for whatever Claire Adam writes next." - Sara Taylor


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Hardback Editions

May 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Golden Child (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Claire Adam
ISBN: 1-4328-6454-8 / 978-1-4328-6454-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019
Author(s): Claire Adam
ISBN: 0-571-33980-8 / 978-0-571-33980-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Golden Child: A Novel
Author(s): Claire Adam
ISBN: 0-525-57299-6 / 978-0-525-57299-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
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Paperback Editions

August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019
Author(s): Claire Adam
ISBN: 0-571-33982-4 / 978-0-571-33982-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019
Author(s): Claire Adam
ISBN: 0-571-33981-6 / 978-0-571-33981-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Golden Child: A Novel
Author(s): Claire Adam
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Golden Child: A Novel
Author(s): Claire Adam
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Golden Child
Author(s): Claire Adam
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Golden Child
Author(s): Claire Adam
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Golden Child: A Novel
Author(s): Claire Adam
Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Golden Child: Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2019
Author(s): Claire Adam
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU