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Nightingale Point

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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 nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by HQ (first published July 25th 2019)
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Luan Goldie writes a remarkable piece of contemporary fiction for her memorable debut set on a London estate where the lifts don't work in 1996. She skilfully immerses the reader into the lives of a small and diverse group of characters prior to a horrifying nightmare of a tragedy hits them and the local community. Goldie has drawn on true real life catastrophes to explore the repercussions and challenges for individuals in the group, the difficulties in moving on, the intense sense of grief and ...more
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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
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
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Louise Wilson
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1996. There's a neglected tower block of flats. The residents get along in relative harmony. There are a few exceptions to the rule. We get to know some of them before the tragedy strikes.

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
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review on my website.

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
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not terrible, but not one I'd really recommend to anyone - an average to forgettable story set in London in 1996 but based on the story of the 1992 Bijlmeer crash involving El Al Flight 1862. Definitely more of a book club vibe than literary fiction: the storyline is quite predictable, the characters a little one-note, the writing nothing to rave about. I'd classify it in the school of books like Three Hours which I expect many will enjoy but didn't live up to the hype for me due to the total ...more
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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
Following six different perspectives around the events of a semi-fictional tragedy, I could not properly make sense of the why of this story why did the author need this particular tragedy to tell the story? Why is the tone so glib when the events are so tragic? Is this supposed to be a story about a community or about a tragedy?

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
Gumble's Yard
I read this book due to its longlisting for the 2020 Womens Prize. It is the debut novel by a schoolteacher and previous winner of the Costa Prize short-story award.

The author has a Dutch husband and the book was inspired by the Bijlmerramp (, 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
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Every year, the Womens Prize for Fiction longlists something that I find bafflingly bad, and this year, Im pretty confident that prize goes to Luan Goldies Nightingale Point. This novel, set in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, is told principally from six different first-person perspectives, with a seventh tossed in at the very end for no good reason. Its narrators are linked by the run-down London block of flats where they live, Nightingale Point, and by the traumatic tragedy that occurs one hot ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You will know the old adage is 'Don't judge a book by it's cover..'

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.

Lucy Banks
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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.

The Plot

Nightingale Point is a 'typical'
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking story of a disastrous event that occurs in a London tower block in 1996, drawing on real tragedies that happened in Amsterdam and London. Full of interesting characters, it deals with how people cope in the aftermath of such a devastating event, how we as humans feel compelled to analyse the before, the after and perhaps the most heart breaking of all, the what-ifs. Very sad yet uplifting too.
Liz Barnsley
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written and so so emotional story here from Luan Goldie- a genuinely insightful piece of storytelling that digs deep into your soul.

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
Jenny Cooke (Bookish Shenanigans)
This was fine but how it made the Women's Prize longlist I will never understand.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie is a powerful novel about community and tragedy. It is set in London in 1996 but has its roots in Bijlmer, Amsterdam 1992 and the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Nightingale Point is a high rise block of flats. It is a cosmopolitan place where people from many varied backgrounds live. Their lives intersect on a daily basis.
There is a defining day a day when everything changes. There will forever be a before and after in the lives of the residents. Those who witnessed
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nightingale Point, named for the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale, is one of a group of three high-rise dwellings on the Morpeth Estate, London. Its residents are people with normal lives and everyday worries. Some are are friends, some are isolated and lonely, but new residents or old, Nightingale Point is their home.

Some of the residents we will get to know intimately:

Malachi, the architecture student. He has had to grow up quickly to look after his younger brother, Tristan, as their
Gem ~ Bee
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and unique, written in such a captivating and rich style.
I was gripped from start to finish and it's actually quite difficult to sum up this book because it has so many elements and is a fantastic, character driven plot that is based in the 90s and takes its plot from real life events from a tragedy that I'm actually glad I hadn't read much about before because it's delivery is shocking, sudden and so well written you feel such a part of the events and the aftermath.
Each character has
Anne Goodwin
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the narrative spread across five point-of-view characters, it takes some time for this novel to come into its own. Until the plane crash, I didnt much care what happened to any of them; fortunately, Luan Goldie does disaster extremely well. The fear, confusion, pain and surprising heroics are convincingly rendered, and I admired the authors choices in what to, and what not to, show. As she follows the survivors through to the five-year anniversary, the novel is perfectly balanced between ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book felt like I could have kept on reading did not want it to end xxx
Matthew Duffy
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an astoniishing, sometimes difficult, read. I went in with no expectations, and was quickly introduced to the cast of characters who seemed pretty well fleshed out and realised, and started to get into the lives that they leave. The main players were not always sympathetic, not always pleasant, and this added a nice realism to the setting where you did not necessarily like all of the characters at the start, but you could understand them.

Then a major event happens, no details here as
Demi Barnard
A very unexpected turn of events...I really enjoyed this book!

I started reading this book with a totally blank mindset. I had no idea what type of story I was about to invest my time in or what I was expecting but I was very pleasantly surprised. 

Set in the year of 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point each have their own lives and worries which they have to deal with. However, one unexpected event soon changes their lives and life will never be the same again for the residents at Nightingale
Karen Whittard
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nightingale Point is a triumphant debut of a novel for new author Luan Goldie and boy does it pack a punch.

Lets take you back in time to 1996. For me this was a time of girl power, the Spice Girls had just, had their first number one with Wannabe, all the cool kids were listening to Snoop Dogg, oasis, blur, Metallica, rage against the machines, red hot chilli peppers, and the Foo fighters. It was the year of some mighty awesome films, Independence Day, Twister, Mission Impossible, The Nutty
Nicola Smith
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightingale Point is a set of high-rise flats in London. It contains 56 flats with people going about their daily business. The book begins with us meeting some of them.

Elvis is a young man with learning disabilities, living alone in his own flat for the first time. His carer, Lina, arrives to help him choose which pie to eat today.

Mary is a Filipino nurse. Her twins are grown up and her husband is off chasing some dream or other, although he does return sometimes. But Mary has dreams of her
Take a normal inner London tower block and its myriad of residents, throw in a tragic accident and Gold gave us a fantastic and at times harrowing novel.

Gold gave us their before and after stories, set the scene before throwing their lives into disorder and despair.

I loved that she told their story in their own voices, able to really delve deep into their innermost thoughts, and anguish.

Malachy, elder brother of Tristan, his role to be Mum and Dad whilst he tried to juggle university and their
Cheryl M-M
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the approach. Its bold, gritty and fresh. Live-action with an urban feel to it. The author puts all the focus on the characters, the interactions and the dialogue between them instead of the event. The result is the feeling of the story taking place in a snowglobe or a vacuum without the outside penetrating the atmosphere.

Nothing exists bar the building, the people and the moments between all of the characters. It's non-linear with multiple storylines taking place simultaneously with
Elite Group
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ordinary day changed by an extraordinary event.

This is an impressive debut novel from the winner of the Costa Short Story Award. The book is set in a high-rise estate - a background the author is obviously familiar with, as the writing and dialogue are definitely authentic.

The story revolves around people living in the flats and all connected in some way. It is a depressing picture. The lifts dont work, and the building has many problems that the long-suffering inhabitants have to endure.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nightingale Point is told from the points of view of several characters, mainly Elvis, Tristan, Malachi and Mary. They all live in the fictional London tower block Nightingale Point, and when a plane crashes into the building, their lives are turned around. In the build up to the tragedy, each character describes what they are doing and then how they react to the explosion. The rest of the book tells the story of the lasting impact on peoples lives after losing their homes. The book is a tribute ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very occasionally, a story comes along that you know will stay with you. This book is one of those stories for me.

So what's the story? I can't really say much more than the blurb. Assorted people connected with the Nightingale Point tower block have their lives turned upside down by something. Yeah, "something". That's pretty vague and unhelpful I know. But, it's worth not knowing the first time you read it. I promise. I can say it's not something outrageously fantastical. If I'm honest, I'd
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I have mixed feelings about this book.

As a piece of writing, it is not the most well-crafted. It adopts free indirect discourse in multiple character perspectives with varying degrees of success. The first chapter in particular is very clumsy as it switches between these perspectives: it is obviously trying to do so in quite a cinematic way (think of a camera panning to the different protagonists) but it does not indicate when this perspective shifts which can be confusing. Equally, Goldie
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Luan Goldie was born in Glasgow but has lived in East London for most of her life. She is a primary school teacher, and formerly a business journalist.

Her debut novel Nightingale Point (HarperCollins) was picked by BBC Radio 2 for Jo Whileys summer book club 2019. She is also a contributor to Resist: Stories of Uprising (Comma Press) for her story The Done Thing which is inspired by the womens

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