Barbara Trapido‘s Brother of the More Famous Jack redefined the coming-of-age novel. It is beloved by all who read it and is cited by many authors, including Meg Mason and Rachel Cusk, as one of their favourite novels. First published in the 1980’s, the novel was republished this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary and has been delighting audiences all over again, cementing its reputation as a modern classic.
The novel follows the stylish, suburban Katherine, who is eighteen when she is propelled into the centre of Professor Jacob Goldman’s rambling home and his large eccentric family. We follow Katherine as her life becomes entwined with several members of the bohemian family, chronicling her heartbreak, her passion and her rocky path into maturity.
We are delighted to have the award-winning author Katherine Rundell, here to join Barbara Trapido in conversation about this moving, funny and influential novel.