Released on 04 March 2011.

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Trumpet

4.02 based on 2499 ratings & 179 reviews on Goodreads.com

1998 Winner

Author's Club Best First Novel Award

Synopsis

The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to all but his wife Millie, Joss was a woman living as a man. The discovery is most devastating for their adopted son, Colman, whose bewildered fury brings the press to the doorstep and sends his grieving mother to the sanctuary of a remote Scottish village. A novel about the lengths to which people will go for love, Trumpet is a moving story of a shared life founded on an intricate lie, of loving deception and lasting devotion, and of the intimate workings of the human heart.

‘Jackie Kay makes the unbelievable gloriously real. Trumpet is a love story and a lament, beautifully told’ Time Out

‘The voices in this tender, compassionate work were still singing in my head a couple of weeks after I’d finished it’ Observer

‘This book is all about love . . . The qualities of sympathy and tenderness in the novel make it special and make Kay a writer to respect’ Guardian

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From the angry and disbelieving voice of the son Colman, whose hurt and alienation can only find expression through the cliche´s of tabloid exposé, to Millie's personal elegy for her husband, Jackie Kay's ear for the poetry as well as for the rudeness of everyday speech is as powerful as ever
Times Literary Supplement
Kay's powerful rendition of everyday speech combines perfectly with the themes and construction of her story
Independent on Sunday
Recounted in clear, spare, utterly unsentimental prose . . . the voices in this tender, compassionate work were still singing in my head a couple of weeks after I'd finished it
Observer