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The Confessions of Frannie Langton: 'A dazzling page-turner' (Emma Donoghue)

The Confessions of Frannie Langton: 'A dazzling page-turner' (Emma Donoghue)

They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done? 1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Ben... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780241349205
Barcode 9780241349205
Published 16 April 2019 by Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Collins, Sara
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ISBN-13 9780241349205
ISBN-10 0241349206
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Viking
Publication Date 16 April 2019
International Publication Date 26 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Collins, Sara
Category Historical Crime & Mystery Fiction
Romantic Fiction: Historical
Historical Fiction
Slavery & Emancipation
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 967587

Description of this Book

They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done? 1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth. For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed. But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I loved it...Not only a good read but an important book, reminding us of both how far the world has come and how little it has changed. I was gripped, amused, and saddened. I ate Sara Collins' words up as though they were the sugar, or laudanum, that she writes about so evocatively. It's a glory of a book. -- Stephanie Butland

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Author's Bio

Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years in Cayman, before admitting that what she really wanted to do was write novels. She studied Creative Writing at Cambridge University, winning the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize, and began to write a book inspired by the idea of 'writing a Gothic novel where the heroine looked like me'. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.

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