Written in the tradition of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and J.M. Coetzee's Foe, The Lost Child is a multifaceted, deeply original response to Emily Bronte's masterpiece. A critically acclaimed and sublimely talented storyteller, Phillips recovers the mysteries of the past to illuminate the predicaments of the present, getting at the heart of alienation, exile, and family by transforming a classic into a profound story that is singularly its own.
'Phillips is a master of his prose...a writer adept at building atmosphere'.
'Every exchange matters, every word - spoken or unspoken - counts. That Phillips evokes this with such disquieting beauty and strength is a profound achievement.'
‘Phillips writes with acute insight…heart-breaking'
‘Phillips has found a way to enlist the strange energy of Emily Bronte's work and redirect it to powerful and surprising effect'
‘vividly re-created… fascinating. The atmosphere and language are intricately done, shifting with the decades and locales in a kind of linguistic odyssey'
'A literary gem… haunting'
‘The prose is as sleek as you would expect from a writer as accomplished as Phillips'
‘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'
‘Intricately layered…complex and compelling'
‘The account of Emily's father teaching her to shoot is very