Sugar Island Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011
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'An absorbing novel inspired by the life of the famous English actress and writer Fanny Kemble, with a good helping of imagination thrown in. It's gripping, entertaining and entirely on the side of the angels' (The Times)
'Completely absorbing . . . A surprise delight that will please romantics with a conscience hugely' (City AM)
'This thought-provoking book is based on a true story . . . well-written and moving, though at times it is uncomfortable reading. This is partly due to the descriptions that make us feel as if we are actually witnessing the events and experiencing the places. The author . . . is to be congratulated on her excellent research and her ability to translate it into such a gripping and informative novel' (Yorkshire Gazette)
'Beautifully written, the contrasts between the luxurious life of the rich and the horrific, cruel lives of their slaves are vividly recorded and stay in the memory for a long time' (Press Association)
'A well-researched and sensitive story evoking a "twisted version of paradise". O'Connell writes with passion' (Oxford Times)
'A diverting read' (Irish Examiner)
'One of the ten books to look forward to in 2011' (Irish Post)
A riveting story of compassion and justice set in the tumultous years of the American Civil WarSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Touchng on terrible treatment of slaves, but not too deeply.
It's not meant to be a documentory or a heavy drama but a lighter read.
I still found it iteresting and would recommend it.
I felt this book was a great idea that didn't quite come off. There were some great bits - descriptions of life on the plantation, Emily's friendship with young slave Frank, who she teaches to read, the contrast between Ely's passionate campaigning for abolition and Charles's horrific refusal to see his workers as fully human. There were some fine descriptions both of the theatre world and of the landscape of Georgia, and O'Connell gave a good sense of the horror of approaching war.Read more ›
My advice would be to save your money and wait till there is a paperback edition of this thinly disguised Mills and Boon - better still - use the library copy - better yet - don't waste precious hours of your life reading it at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an interesting, if harrowing, read and provides details of a brutal and terrible time in history. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2012 by T. Ljubic-Brown
I heard this book being reviewed on the radio and got the impression that it was a five star read. However, I was disappointed in the style of writing. Read morePublished on 30 April 2012 by Kindler
An absorbing and harrowing fictionalisation of a brutal time in human history, this story details not only the plight of black slaves but also the powerlessness and struggle of... Read morePublished on 13 April 2011 by emiliadarling
Sugar Island is a fictional story, although it is loosely based on the life of Fanny Kemble, a noted British actress and writer, set around the time of the American Civil War. Read morePublished on 10 April 2011 by Penny