Released on 04 March 2011.

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Trumpet

4.03 based on 2553 ratings & 186 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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Kay's powerful rendition of everyday speech combines perfectly with the themes and construction of her story
Independent on Sunday
In an accomplished display of vocal versatility, Kay shifts effortlessly between the voices of Millie, Colman and Sophie Stones, an avaricious journalist who offers to help Colman avenge himself by ghostwriting a bare-all biography . . . the beauty of this book is the way its love, the character and story around which all the others orbit, is kept so intriguingly in the shadows, so fantastically out of view
Literary Review
A novel whose humanism, humour and vision demolish anyone's urge to think they've got the right to decide about, categorize or dismiss other human beings
New York Times