Trumpet

Picador Classic

3.99 based on 1947 ratings & 150 reviews on Goodreads.com

With an introduction by Ali Smith.

When the love of your life dies, the problem is not that some part of you dies too, which it does, but that some part of you is still alive.

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.

Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize, Trumpet by Jackie Kay is a starkly beautiful modern classic about the lengths to which people will go for love. It 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.

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
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

About Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is a poet, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. She has published three collections of stories with Picador, Why Don't You Stop Talking, Wish I Was Here, and Reality, Reality; a poetry collection, Fiere; and most recently her memoir, Red Dust Road. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and lives in Manchester, where she is currently Chancellor of the University of Salford.

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Books by Jackie Kay

Reality, Reality
Reality, Reality
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Sonata'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Sonata'
Why Don't You Stop Talking
Why Don't You Stop Talking
Wish I Was Here
Wish I Was Here
Red Dust Road
Red Dust Road
Fiere
Fiere

Books in the Series

The History Man
The History Man
The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place
A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
Republican Party Reptile
Republican Party Reptile
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Psalm Killer
The Psalm Killer
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
With Nails
With Nails
Quartet in Autumn
Quartet in Autumn
Quarantine
Quarantine
My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
The Drowned Book
The Drowned Book
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
Dispatches
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Essays In Love
Essays In Love
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
Unreliable Memoirs
Unreliable Memoirs
The South
The South
Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
Scottsboro
Scottsboro
The Debt To Pleasure
The Debt To Pleasure
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight