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Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie

Nightingale Point

Luan Goldie

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Imprint: HQ
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 22 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9780008314453
4 stars out of 5
Hephzibah Anderson
4 Aug 2019

"measured and confident"

Many of the images conjured up in Luan Goldie’s able, measured debut novel evoke the burned-out spectre of Grenfell Tower... Goldie, a primary school teacher who won the 2017 Costa short story award and has been mentored by Courttia Newlandcorr as part of a scheme for emerging authors of colour, is a warm, confident writer with the lightest of touches. Her ear for dialogue is acute and her pacing near-faultless. She can be funny, too... All the indications are that Nightingale Point was begun long before Grenfell. In an author’s note, Goldie refers to the tragedy directly, declaring her novel a tribute to those whose fight to rebuild their lives continues. To her considerable credit, she’s managed to create a world that does this in such a way as to make the book relevant without seeming opportunistic.