On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries.
Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after.
Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and n ...more
Saturday 4th May 1996, Morpeth Estate London. Home to three tower blocks including Nightingale Point. Within Nightingale Point lives twenty-one-year-old Malachi and his younger fifteen-year-old brother Tristan who live alone after their mum died and their Grandmother deemed them old enough to look after themselves.
There is nurse of over thirty-three years Mary who is waiting for her husband David to return from one of his long jaunts abroad searching for ...more
I wrote this down “Finished with huge loaded sigh” on my phone.
This is a devastating book, based on a devastating real event when a plane crashed into a residential building in the middle of the day. The author handled the relationships really well across the board. We got diversity in our ca ...more
The book draws on real life events that happened in Amsterdam and London. I don't want to say to much about it as I would spoil it for other readers. I couldn't stop thinking about this story long after I put the book down. It's a story of hope and despair. We see the events that unfold through different ...more
My thoughts on this are complicated: while I thought there were chapters and scenes that really worked, there were also vast stretches that I could not get interested ...more
One ordinary day. One extraordinary event. Their lives changed forever.
Nightingale Point is a book that shows the aftermath of a terrible disaster. A story about many people's lives, how this event changed them and their recovery and grief.
The book starts with giving us a brief description of people living in two neighboring buildings. We get to know their daily routines, their worries and hopes. We get a glimpse of their everyday ...more
The author Luan Goldie has based Nightingale point on the devastating carnage of on the 4th October 1992 a cargo plane crashed into two high rise flats in Bijlmer, Amsterdam, killing up to forty seven people.
Also Nightingale point brings into another yet devastating event when the Grenfell Towers burned down in our own country, where most very sadly the people felt they were not being listened to.
Nightingale point is a fictional place, you ...more
The novel tells the story of a working-class community on a housing estate in London. Nightingale Point, one of several buildings on this estate, experiences a major tragedy. Goldie has created a compelling cast of diverse characters including Mary, a nurse, originally from the Philippines; Malachi and Tristan, ...more
The author has a Dutch husband and the book was inspired by the Bijlmerramp (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al_F...), gaining extra resonance with the Grenfell Towers disaster.
The story is set on the eponymous East London high rise housing estate, starting in May 1996 and is told in the present tense (and after an introductory cha ...more
Although I never. It is definitely part of what drew me in wanting to read this book.
Once I read the blurb I was even more interested.
The story is from multiple POV's and this technique now quite common works with some stories better than others, on this it is definitely a plus.
It is about several residents living together in a multi-storey flat, who go about their own lives as normal until one day a tragedy strikes.
This affect ...more
An engrossing, thought-provoking examination of what happens after catastrophe - how communities come together, and pull apart.
This was another of those books that I went into with absolutely no idea what to expect. The front cover certainly wasn't giving anything away! Sometimes, those are the most fun books of all - the ones you begin with no preconceptions, then end up heartily enjoying.
Nightingale Point is a 'typical' b ...more
The story began in 1996, and spanned five years. It focused on a number of residents in a public housing tower in England - known as Nightingale Point. It was a story of how their lives changed when a plane hit the tower block, including their recovery. The characters were diverse.
The character development and interactions were ...more
The residents of Nightingale Point are diverse and authentic, engaging and intriguing- the minutiae of their days, their relationships to each other and themselves, the very heart of community pops from the page – the author sets the scene with clever nuance, descriptive sense and no wasted words, embedding them into your consciousness- then throws an ...more
"Nightingale Point" first drew my attention because it was longlisted in the Women's Prize for Fiction award in 2020. Then, as I read the storyline, I knew it was going to be a very interesting read. Therefore I went and bought it! And I don't regret that decision even for a moment! It is an amazing story that deserves all the attention it has gotten!
Nightingale Point is a building complex where one can find all sorts of people. Those that the story evolves around are peopl...more
In no way am I surprised that this was up for an award as it’s written so powerfully that you really care about the people in it. Set in the 1990’s in a tower block we meet very different people and they are put together in close quarters that their lives are all interlinked. When a disaster happens it affects them all and we see them recovering. This really impacted me and made me cry which is a real talent.
A plane crashes into a residential tower block (Nightingale Point is one of a cluster of blocks on a housing estate). The time frame is not explicitly spelled out, though reference to the IRA indicates 1980s/1990s. The consequences for the immediate community of such a calamitous, apocalyptic, event are explored from five different family perspectives. As you would imagine its a time of deep reflection, and of guilt.
In all the book covers a period which traces the rebuilding of lives fro ...more
After being longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 the reality of Nightingale Point was a huge disappointment and given the novel is centred around a tragedy with life-changing consequences it feels crass to say I found it prosaic and a slog to stick with. Inspired by a cargo plane crashing into a high-rise block of flats in Amsterdam in 1992 and inadvertently referencing the Grenfell Tower fire of ...more
-Luan Goldie, 2018
Taking the tragedies of Bijlmer (Amsterdam '92) and Grenfell Tower and creating a fictional story of how the residents of Nightingale Point, a run-down tower block, go about living their ordinary lives before a devastating traged ...more
Told with emotional restraint, first time novelist Luan Goldie follows five residents of the ill fated building the morning leading up to the tragedy:
There’s Pamela, a young girl who’s recently moved back in ...more
The book is about a handful of characters who live in the apartment block Nightingale Point ; There’s Elvis, who as a disability, Mary who has an affair and is taking care of two teenagers, and a girl who loves one of the teenagers. In the first part of the book they ...more
Her debut novel Nightingale Point was longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. It was also a BBC Radio 2 Jo Whiley Book Club Pick.
Her short stories have appeared in Resist: Stories of Uprising and The Good Journal. She is also the winner of the 20 ...more