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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st Edition Thus edition (7 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007150245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007150243
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,801,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE FANATIC

•'Utterly compelling.'
The Times

•'A remarkable book.'
Andrew Marr, Observer

•'Robertson takes not just history but the notion of history; not just the question of what truth is but the act of questioning itself and breathes and extraordinary life into them… In this complex, superbly claustrophobic novel where everything is meticulously researched, and just as importantly, meticulously imagined, he urges us to see ourselves anew.'
Scotland on Sunday

• 'Scottish history has never been so gripping.' Sunday Herald

• ' The Fanatic is a rattling good read.'
Independent on Sunday

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Exiled to Jamaica after the horrors of the Battle of Culloden, the young Sir John Wedderburn quickly made a fortune, alongside his three brothers, as a sugar planter. When he returned to Scotland to marry and re-establish the family name, he brought with him Joseph Knight, a black slave, one of the first in Scotland, a token of his years in the Caribbean. At the end of his life, long after the Edinburgh court case which went to the heart of Scottish society, pitting master against slave, property against freedom, Wedderburn tries to track down Joseph Knight who has been missing for twenty-four years and whom he has never forgotten.

From the Highland battlefields to the Caribbean, from Enlightenment Edinburgh to the back streets of Dundee, James Robertson's second novel is a tour de force that dramatically retells a fascinating but forgotten episode in Scottish history.

Praise for 'The Fanatic:'

'Utterly compelling…the sort of debut that sadly comes along only too rarely.'
'The Times'

'Scottish history has never been so gripping.'
'Sunday Herald'

'A remarkable book'
Andrew Marr, 'Observer'


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2005
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This has been sitting on my bedside table for some time, but I wish I had picked it up sooner. The characterisation, the themes, the language and the plot are fascinating and absorbing and I have found the book poignant, funny and very moving. It is a wonderful story beautifully told and I think it is a shame that it has not received more widespread acclaim outside Scotland, where it justly has won prizes. It is one of the best books I've read for some time.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter W. Garwood on 13 May 2003
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Genealogist, author of the Internet "Wedderburn Pages", and direct descendant of the real life Wedderburns who play a central role in this book, I have come to know the family history pretty well. This atmospheric, no-holds-barred account, rings true in almost every detail. The vital narrative vividly evokes the milieu and culture of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Scottish history, encouraging the reader to reappraise conventional understanding of the British role in the marginalisation and subjugation of a people uprooted and transported to a life of slave labour in the West Indian sugar plantations. (How many of us are aware that sugar and slavery created the foundations of the first British empire?)
Robertson has managed to bring my ancestors to life through an entirely believable characterisation of brothers James and John Wedderburn, portrayed as I had always imagined them - a testament both to the author’s meticulous research and considerable insight. We follow the family on a journey from impoverishment following the defeat of the Jacobite uprising and Bonny Prince Charlie at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, to enforced exile in Jamaica, and, finally, the immense riches amassed by the family through the exploitation of slave labour in the Caribbean sugar trade, prior to their eventual return to Scotland. The curious blend of the historian’s penchant for accuracy and, in Robertson’s own words, a number of ‘liberties’ with the historical record, the blurring of the line between truth and fiction, do not detract from the reader’s sense of the work’s authenticity and credibility.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Nina M. B. Bowry on 12 Nov. 2007
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Despite being a slow reader, this book was so rewarding to me: the Scottish and West Indian history, the horrors of the slave trade, the familiar Scottish names and places, all of this was so absorbing and shocking too. Mr Robertson writes so eloquently and I love the Scottish dialect making the people's conversations so real and human. A truly wonderful read. I now have to visit the Museum of the Docklands in London in which there is a gallery devoted to 'London, Sugar & Slavery'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. E. Mowat on 24 Oct. 2011
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A super read. Robertson is a wonderful story teller and this is a story which every Scot should read. It reveals how some Scots made their wealth from using and abusing the slaves in Jamaica, how some had a stirring of conscience about this but more often they thought of these black peoples as property.
Others have in their reviews revealed the plot, which is based on a true story. Robertson has imagined some of the missing parts of the story in such a way that you truly emphasise with the Negroes taken from their homeland with no hope of ever having a true home again. He tells of some very humane Scots who support the call for freedom and tells much of the story in the vernacular. I just loved the court scenes in Broad Scots with a glimpse of the Enlightenment changes in thinking. And I enjoyed the Bozzy and Johnson vignettes. A wonderful book, educating and amusing as will as giving a feast of food for thought.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Alexander on 20 April 2004
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Easily the most enjoyable piece of fictional writing I have read in a longtime. I just could not put it down until I had finished it. Like anotherwork by the same author, 'The Fanatic', this book has so obviously beenmeticulously researched and planned.
The author successfully interweaves time, history, travel, the Scotstongue, emotions, intrigue and human relationships into a compelling storyand brings the characters so much to life you feel as if you know themwell. Everything is so real.
James Robertson must surely be recognised as one of the leading Scottishwriters of the 21st century - I am eagerly awaiting his next publication!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Clark on 23 Sept. 2011
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A fascinating story brought to life through excellent research and great storytelling. James Robertson has done a service in bringing this story and the context of slave plantations in which Scots took a major part to a wider audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Watson on 16 May 2008
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I have,just a few minutes ago,finished reading this book. What powerful writing. Not just a good read but an examination of personal values.
The pen indeed...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BWHunt on 27 Feb. 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much indeed. It is on a par with Joseph O'Connor's 'Star of the Sea' and I have already recommended it to several friends but thought readers, both Scots and others, should at least be told that large parts of it are written in a transcription of Scots' dialect, some stronger than others. This didn't put me off (much) but I also have to say that I didn't understand every single word, though it gets easier as you go along and your ear (eye?) learns to deal with it. Having said this, don't let that put you off, as it is totally worth the little effort needed.
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