About the author:
Trevor Williams is considered the favourite for this years Booker prize. `The Story of Lucy Gault` is creating waves in the world of books.
Trevor`s first book `A Standard of Behaviour` wasn`t very well received by critics or the general public. He then changed his line of writing and decided to become a copywriter in an advertising agency.
He slowly reverted to writing fiction - with short stories. The dominant theme in his stories is about how difficult it is to deal with the truth in one`s life. When the truth gets to be too unpalatable, people often create a dream world and withdraw into it.
His next novel `The Old Boys` was not only well received, but went on to win the Hawthornden Prize for Literature. His later novels are all set in Ireland with the political troubles in Northern Ireland playing a major role in them. The troubles of Northern Ireland creep in as a major factor in his books.
The story of Lucy Gault deals with the turmoil in Ireland. In this story, a Protestant family lives in the Irish countryside. Hatred between the Catholics and the Protestants is getting to be palpably obvious. The Gault family feel they are better off leaving the country.
But eight-year old Lucy loves her home and its beautiful surroundings. She doesn`t want to leave. She comes up with a plan to prevent her family from moving away.
It leads to calamity - by sheer accident. Yet the consequences are so sadistic that it scars the lives of the Gaults forever.
The book is a beautifully portrayed account of lives in a land haunted by hatred.
This book is considered the favourite to win the Booker prize of 2002.