Book cover for Gone to Drift, Papillote Press, Dominica

Gone to Drift

£8.99

ISBN

9780993108617

Published

2016

Format

Paperback
Also an eBook

ISBN

9780993108617

PUBLISHED

2015

FORMAT

Paperback
Also an eBook

Gone to Drift is the first Young Adult novel from the Jamaican writer Diana McCaulay, and was placed second in the 2015 Burt Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Truth? Respect? Survival? Gone to Drift tells the story of Lloyd, a 12-year-old Jamaican boy, and his search for his beloved grandfather, Maas Conrad, a fisherman who is lost at sea. Lloyd suspects that his grandfather has witnessed an illegal capture of dolphins for the tourist trade and that he has been hurt, perhaps even killed. No one wants to help Lloyd except for an uptown girl who studies dolphins, his best friend Dwight and a mad man called Slowly on a sun-baked beach.

Interspersed with Lloyd’s quest on land and sea is a second voice – of Maas Conrad himself, who, unknown to Lloyd is alive but marooned on a rock. In this exciting adventure story Lloyd discovers that the enemies of his grandfather – and of the Caribbean Sea that he loves – are closer to home than he could ever imagine.

“This is my first novel for young adults,” says McCaulay, “and as reading meant so much to me as a teenager, I’m hoping Gone to Drift will be read and enjoyed by many Caribbean young people. I wanted to pay tribute to our long tradition of fishermen, and I’m so grateful the Burt Award has made that possible. I’m also thrilled that Gone to Drift is published by Papillote Press, a Caribbean publishing house which I’ve long admired.”

Gone to Drift follows on from McCaulay’s two acclaimed novels, Dog-Heart (2010) and Huracan (2012) and is built on her 2012 Regional Commonwealth prize-winning short story, The Dolphin Catchers (Granta Online).

Her latest novel is Daylight Come (2021), published by Peepal Tree Press.

2nd Place

Gone to Drift was placed second in the Burt Prize for Caribbean Young Adult Caribbean Literature in 2015.

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What they say

Gone to Drift is a Jamaican coming-of-age story: realistic, often funny and deeply touching.”
Pamela Mordecai

McCaulay’s prose is lyrical. A solemn adventure about resolve, loyalty, and family, that gives readers insight into life in a small fishing community and brings to light the dangers marine life face in the wild.”
— School Library Journal

The relationships between boy and elder, man and sea, crime and poverty all lift McCaulay’s first children’s novel into a different league. Beautiful.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The heartbreaking realism of this story of innocence lost at sea truly sets this novel apart.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

This makes a good choice for adventure fans, the eco-conscious, and those hoping to understand the economic hardships faced by those who make their living from the sea.”
— Booklist

A compelling coming-of-age story with a strong sense of place and culture. Readers will almost hear the cries of the seabirds and the chirps of the dolphins leaping across the Caribbean. Just as strong is the depiction of the social challenges the characters face.”
– VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocate) magazine

Gone to Drift is a Jamaican coming-of-age story: realistic, often funny and deeply touching.”
– Pamela Mordecai

McCaulay’s prose is lyrical. A solemn adventure about resolve, loyalty, and family, that gives readers insight into life in a small fishing community and brings to light the dangers marine life face in the wild.”
— School Library Journal

The relationships between boy and elder, man and sea, crime and poverty all lift McCaulay’s first children’s novel into a different league. Beautiful.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The heartbreaking realism of this story of innocence lost at sea truly sets this novel apart.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

This makes a good choice for adventure fans, the eco-conscious, and those hoping to understand the economic hardships faced by those who make their living from the sea.”
— Booklist

A compelling coming-of-age story with a strong sense of place and culture. Readers will almost hear the cries of the seabirds and the chirps of the dolphins leaping across the Caribbean. Just as strong is the depiction of the social challenges the characters face.”
– VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocate) magazine