Brother of the More Famous Jack

Author(s): Barbara Trapido


Stylish, suburban Katherine is eighteen when she is propelled into the centre of Professor Jacob Goldman's rambling home and his large eccentric family. As his enchanting yet sharp-tongued wife Jane gives birth to her sixth child, Katherine meets the volatile, stroppy Jonathan and his older, more beautiful brother Roger, who wins her heart. First love quickly leads to heartbreak and sends her fleeing to Rome but, ten years on, she returns to find the Goldmans again. A little wiser and a lot more grown-up, Katherine faces her future. Brother of the More Famous Jack is Barbara Trapido's highly acclaimed and much loved debut; a book that redefined the coming-of-age novel.


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Winner of a Whitbread Special Prize for Fiction Includes an introduction by Rachel Cusk Barbara Trapido's most popular novel kicks off the rejacketed series of her backlist, all with gorgeous new illustrated covers

'Perfect characters and dialogue - the most satisfying book I've ever read' Jane Green, Red 'A story, like Mansfield Park, of falling in love with a whole family' A. N. Wilson, Spectator 'The style is hectic and passionate, the jokes thick and fast, the emotions full and right, the humanity total and engulfing ... a first fruit to savour and exalt' Andrew Sinclair, The Times 'There are few modern tales of first love and its disillusions that are as thoroughly realised, as brilliantly lewd, and as hilariously satisfying to men and women of all ages as this one' Rachel Cusk

Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa and is the author of six novels. She lives in Oxford.

General Fields

  • : 9780747599586
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : 0.4
  • : January 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Barbara Trapido
  • : Paperback
  • : New Cover
  • : English
  • : 823.914
  • : oc2009002210
  • : 256