Praise for THE FANATIC
•'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
From the Back Cover
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.'
'Scottish history has never been so gripping.'
'A remarkable book'
Andrew Marr, 'Observer'