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The Confessions of Frannie Langton: 'A dazzling page-turner' (Emma Donoghue) Hardcover – 4 Apr 2019
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Frannie Langton is an unforgettable heroine, one who boldly reclaims her narrative within the context of a history that seeks to silence her. The Confessions of Fannie Langton is gorgeous-Gothic writing at its very best (Christine Mangan, author of 'Tangerine')
A seductive and entrancing read, with captivating historical detail...The Confessions of Frannie Langton is an extremely powerful book that resonates long after the final page has been turned. (Laura Carlin, author of 'The Wicked Cometh')
'I usually pick proofs up, read the blurb, maybe read a few pages... and that is usually that. This time, I started reading it - and then I couldn't stop. Sara Collins has created a tough, fiery, vividly alive character. Beautifully written, in crisp and careful prose; but more than that, it comes across as a story that's been waiting to be written for a very long time...[Collins] has picked up the tradition of gothic fiction and made it brand new.' (Stef Penney, author of 'The Tenderness of Wolves')
By turns lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive, The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a dazzlingly page turner. With as much psychological savvy as righteous wrath, Sara Collins twists together the slave narrative, bildungsroman, love story and crime novel to make something new.' (Emma Donoghue, author of 'Room')
A book of heart, soul and guts...beautifully written, lushly evocative, and righteously furious. Frannie might be a 19th century character, but she is also a heroine for our times (Elizabeth Day, author of 'The Party')
I loved this novel. A literary page-turner, an engrossing murder mystery, and a deep meditation on freedom, choice, and what it means to have a voice, Sara Collins' writing is as seductive as it is elusive - just like Frannie Langton herself. For all its horrors, I could have dallied in this opium-addled world with Frannie endlessly, another addict, hooked on Collins' words. (Rebecca F. John, author of 'The Haunting of Henry Twist')
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)
An accomplished and powerful debut [that] recalls the best of Sarah Waters...Collins's crisp, precise prose and simmering atmosphere of danger are as seductive as her protagonist...I cannot recommend highly enough (E C Fremantle, author of 'The Poison Bed')
What an extraordinary, exhilarating and fiercely intelligent book. I loved Frannie and she felt so very real and alive to me (Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of 'The Last Act of Love')
Frannie's voice is compelling: tender and furious and wholly deserving of attention (Jessie Greengrass, author of 'Sight')
From the Inside Flap
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, stands trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may even be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.
For the first time Frannie has the chance to 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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