Kate Ryan: In The Golden Book, a woman tries to make sense in a past disaster and the wildness of youth

By Frank O'Shea
Updated November 30 2021 - 1:22am, first published November 26 2021 - 8:00pm

Ali and Jessie are school friends, in their final year of primary school. Jessie has learning problems, cannot read beyond cat, dog, car, but is a bit of a tearaway, leading Ali in lots of dangerous escapades.