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Women go off the rails

In a review of Caryl Phillips’s The Lost Child, Alex Clark finds shades of Emily Brontë in this novel about the erasure of female experience

18 April 2015

9:00 AM

18 April 2015

9:00 AM

The Lost Child Caryl Phillips

Oneworld, pp.260, £14.99, ISBN: 9781780746999

The Lost Child begins with a scene of 18th-century distress and dissolution down by the docks, as a woman — once a slave in the West Indies, for a time a weaver and now an itinerant single mother dubbed ‘Crazy Woman’ by those who might toss a coin in her direction — finally gives up the unequal struggle.

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