Trumpet – Jackie Kay


The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an extraordinary secret. Unbeknown to all but his wife Millie, Joss was a woman living as a man. The discovery is most devastating for their adopted son, Colman, whose bewildered fury brings the press to the doorstep and sends his grieving mother to the sanctuary of a remote Scottish village. A novel about the lengths to which people will go for love, Trumpet is a moving story of a shared life founded on an intricate lie, of loving deception and lasting devotion, and of the intimate workings of the human heart.


  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511827
  • Themes: trans, music, love, different families