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Nightingale Point

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Summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

The debut novel from the winner of the Costa Short Story award

A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

This multi-voice audiobook is narrated by five different voice actors to help bring the residents of Nightingale Point to life, for a truly immersive, authentic and satisfying audio experience.

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 21 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.

©2019 Luan Goldie (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Nightingale Point is a timely and powerfully told tale of a working class community in crisis. Its characters leap fully formed from the page, grab hold of you and refuse to let go. You feel their joys and sorrows desperately hoping for the best for each of them no matter how flawed. 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)

"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) 

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An excellent listen

I was hooked right from the start, the characters are the kind you miss when the book ends. An excellent portrayal of complex relationships, tragedy and resilience.

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amazing

loved every minute of it, even when the story brought a tear to my eye. the characters were so relatable and I was rooting for them. audible actors brought the book to life.

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The stereo typical black London voice raises its uneducated head again.

'Ma bwuva' 'kickin' it laa' dat'' teeth sucking stereo typical London utter nonsense! So cringeworthy and embarrassing to listen to.

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