Writers & Company

Caryl Phillips riffs on Wuthering Heights in his new novel

Caryl Phillips knew very early in life that he liked adjectives. He says that he loved sparkling words - glistening, glittering, glimmering.
Caryl Phillips (C: Mariana Cook)

J. M. Coetzee has said of Caryl Phillips that his body of work had "a single aim: remembering what the West would like to forget."  His new novel The Lost Child examines the origins of Heathcliffe, Emily Bronte's mysterious hero, intertwined with a modern story about a troubled single mother living in Yorkshire.

"I have to believe it's going to be solved, otherwise why am I writing?  Why am I thinking, why am I talking?  If I embraced pessimism then I may as well stop writing." - Caryl Phillips on race relations

​​​​​​​​The music to close​ the​ ​Caryl Phillips interview​:
Cut #​ ​​​​​​6: "Solitaire"
Composer and Performer: Chilly Gonzales
Label:  ​​GENTLE THREAT Gentle 018

Caryl Phillips's new novel, The Lost Child, is published by Farrar Strauss & Giroux.  His book of essays, Colour Me English is published by the New Press.