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Little Gold by [Rogers, Allie]
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'A tender, beautifully paced and deeply moving debut... Little Gold herself is a wonderful centrepiece... and in Peggy Baxter, Rogers has offered up one of the most engaging heroines I have read in a very long time. This is a book about individual struggle that manages to be both life affirming and triumphant.' -- Mark A. Radcliffe, author of Gabriel's Angel 'Such a wonderfully moving and atmospheric novel, full of very real and very touching relationships. A brilliant portrayal of the pain and wonder of leaving behind childhood, beautifully evocative of a Brighton summer in the 1980s.' -- Catherine Hall, author of Days of Grace 'Reminiscent of Scout Finch, Little Gold is a great addition to literature's endearing child characters. Vivid, touching, sad and frightening, this book exposes the dark underbelly of 1980s Brighton and left me haunted long after I put it down.' -- Umi Sinha, author of Belonging 'A gripping and yet tender novel, and the characters of Peggy Baxter and Little Gold are brilliantly handled. I was rooting for Little Gold from the start, and fascinated and moved by Peggy's story. Brighton is so vividly depicted, too. It's a great first novel.' -- Bethan Roberts, author of My Policeman 'Opening Allie Rogers' Little Gold I found myself engrossed in a vibrant, moving tale of one family's struggle to get by. This is a book about survival, about the pluck and power of a singular child and the fundamental importance of friendship.' -- Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals

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‘A tender, beautifully paced and deeply moving debut… Little Gold herself is a wonderful centrepiece… and in Peggy Baxter, Rogers has offered up one of the most engaging heroines I have read in a very long time. This is a book about individual struggle that manages to be both life affirming and triumphant.’ (Mark A. Radcliffe, author of Gabriel’s Angel)

‘Such a wonderfully moving and atmospheric novel, full of very real and very touching relationships. A brilliant portrayal of the pain and wonder of leaving behind childhood, beautifully evocative of a Brighton summer in the 1980s.’ (Catherine Hall, author of Days of Grace)

‘Reminiscent of Scout Finch, Little Gold is a great addition to literature’s endearing child characters. Vivid, touching, sad and frightening, this book exposes the dark underbelly of 1980s Brighton and left me haunted long after I put it down.’ (Umi Sinha, author of Belonging)

‘A gripping and yet tender novel, and the characters of Peggy Baxter and Little Gold are brilliantly handled. I was rooting for Little Gold from the start, and fascinated and moved by Peggy’s story. Brighton is so vividly depicted, too. It’s a great first novel.’ (Bethan Roberts, author of My Policeman)

‘Opening Allie Rogers’ Little Gold I found myself engrossed in a vibrant, moving tale of one family’s struggle to get by. This is a book about survival, about the pluck and power of a singular child and the fundamental importance of friendship.’ (Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1366 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (2 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MFCWE60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Here are real voices, vivid characters, details and perceptiveness, sensitivity and care. Here is humanity and the hope that good can sometimes act in time to prevent evil. I loved this book for the two main characters most of all and was completely engaged by both of their stories and the coming together of their lives. For me, every detail here added to the truth of the story, not just enriching it but bringing me into those characters' heads and hearts. Allie Rogers is never better than when she is showing us vulnerability, the fragility of nearly marginalised lives, but also the underlying strength and beauty of those living these lives and claiming their own spaces where they can - tiny pieces of freedom.
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This debut book is a total gem. It is moving and evocative with a wonderful lyrical language that has you caught in its flow from the first page. The characters quickly become real and you feel them living in head and I think they may take up residence in mine for quite a while.
On personal level this book resonated so much because in 1982, I was 15 and lived at Fiveways, shopped in the Co Op there and still used the park in the story. The author described it perfectly. Even without the trip down memory lane the story held my attention, I thought about the characters even when I wasn't reading it and the subject matters covered are done so in a thought provoking way and in a couple of places I was so moved I had to stop reading as I was on my lunch break and didn't want to blub at work.
I can't wait to read more from this author and am recommending this book to all my book loving friends as a must read of 2017.
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Little Gold is an astonishing debut from Brighton-based author Allie Rogers. It is intensely evocative of a childhood in 1980s Brighton - nice sparks of memory from mentions of Wagon Wheels, football stickers, perfectly-pitched period turns of phrase etc. - and draws the characters of Little Gold, her sister, brother and neighbour Peggy Baxter, with huge care and skill.
But what makes this book so re[book:Little Gold|32824973]markable is that it traces the friendship between a little girl on the cusp of adulthood - with all the bodily squeamishness and anxiety about who and what she is meant to be that that can entail - with an older gay woman who is ordering and making sense of a life lived well but which has had its heartbreaks. There is something very beautiful and believable in the way this relationship is drawn; Peggy Baxter possesses all the calm, wisdom and humanity that Little Gold needs from the adults around her - especially as a child who is growing up queer in a world where gender roles are so defined and unbending - but cannot find from her utterly absent father and her broken, alcoholic mother.
The secondary narrative - that of Peggy and her lover Vi - is plaited into Little Gold's tale, contrasting Little Gold's beginnings with their endings. They are vivacious, loving, full of wit and fondness, but they are not perfect or without folly. There's nothing dramatic or sensational about their relationship: they just are who they are. There is such heart in them, such truth. They deserve to go down as one of the great queer couples in literature.
But Allie Rogers writes all her characters, not just the loveable ones, with compassion and nuance.
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Allie Rogers' writing has that remarkable ability to create characters you believe in so utterly that you miss them from your life once you have turned the final page. I was able to feel affinity with Little Gold as a child in Sussex myself in the 80s, references to Woolworths, to Brighton Pier, Preston Park, Wagon Wheels and school discos spirited me back in time while I got to know LG, her siblings and mother, Peggy Baxter, Vi and the other characters. Allie Rogers' evocative writing style puts you so clearly in that time and place and space that you are no longer imagining or observing, you are actually present there.
I have enjoyed Allie's short stories and flash fiction and eagerly awaited this first novel. Little Gold most certainly did not disappoint.
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It is rare that I read books with child characters where they are sensitively developed and totally believable, but this is what Allie Rogers has succeeded in doing in Little Gold. In fact she does the same with the adult character of Peggy and the way their stories overlap and develop alongside each other is fascinating and absorbing. There are difficult themes here too, which are used to draw out the characters in an entirely convincing way. However the overall feeling I was left with was one of hope and a clear sense of how important it is to notice the smaller, less obvious things in life, as they can often turn out to be what matters most.
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I took refuge from the world to indulge in the intense and emotive time travel of "Little Gold". Its ups and downs chiselled into my soul, as the fallout from the car crash adolescence and its passengers’ ongoing recovery is unquestionably raw.

It encompasses the affecting, nostalgic awkwardness of 80s life when ‘twelve’ should allow you a free ticket to a carefree happy place, even though you feel your life is being scrutinised under an invisible microscope and the whole world is passing judgement. As clarity becomes clouded by self-consciousness, the subtle signs of neglect creep into a family bubble which is already close to bursting.

Between the life wrestling there is also time for reflection, as this story shows becoming acquainted with unfamiliar and trying situations has no age barrier. It revolves around an unlikely partnership formed between the dungaree clad, tree climbing ‘Golden One’ from number 167 and a retired, nicotine loving neighbour, Peggy Baxter, who has her own thoughts to put in order and a journey to share, which stray across the erratic path of "Little Gold" to give her direction when all seems lost.

The manner in which "Little Gold" looks out for her asthmatic brother, and her elder sister involuntarily adopts the role of parent to her two younger siblings, is just astoundingly written; nothing is obvious, just the gradual hint of an everyday routine taking the wrong turn down a road where money is directed away from the essentials, like food and washing powder.

"Little Gold" captures the spirit of an era where Wagon Wheels and Woolworths will be familiar to many.
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