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Claire Adam is from Port of Spain, Trinidad and now lives with her family in south London. She studied Physics at Brown University, then lived in Italy and Ireland for several years before settling in London. She did an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths (University of London), where she was shortlisted for the 2012 Pat Kavanagh Award. Her first novel, Golden Child (Faber & Faber, 2019) won the Desmond Elliott Prize for best debut novel published in the UK, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Society of Authors McKitterick Prize. It was featured on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, Radio 2 Bookclub with Jo Whiley, and listed as one of the BBC’s ‘100 novels that shaped our world’. In the USA, it was selected for Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint, SJP for Hogarth, and was the winner of the 2019 Barnes & Noble ‘Discover’ Prize, for best fiction debut published in the USA. It was named a ‘Book of the Year’ by the Evening Standard and The Times.