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Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Export)

By Edugyan, Esi

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When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the... eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist - whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop shivers with light; where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky; where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning. Then, on a disastrous voyage of escape, Wilde disappears. Washington is forced to make his way back to the civilized world alone. One day, however, a man appears in the doorway of his new life, making claims of the past. Is this truly the long-lost Wilde? If so, what are the real motives for his return? And is it possible that his resurrection will destroy everything? Based on an infamous 19th century criminal case, Washington Black tells the story of a world destroyed and made whole again, where certainty seems unattainable, and men must remain strangers even to themselves.
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ISBN 9781781258972
Released NZ 12 Sep 2018
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Export
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ISBN-13 9781781258972
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Serpent's Tail
Released 12 Sep 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Export
Edition Export
Author(s) By Edugyan, Esi
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 813.6
Weight 456g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Barbados - Fiction - History - 19th century
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade