The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Hardback)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Hardback)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Hardback)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Hardback)
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The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 04/04/2019
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One of the year’s most exciting debuts, The Confessions of Frannie Langton draws on the gothic tones of Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea for an enthralling historical mystery. Moving from the plantations of Jamaica to the drawing rooms of 1820’s London, Collins’ novel spins out a darkly hypnotic story of slavery, freedom and of the wonderful and dreadful secrets bodies give up under the cover of darkness. An unforgettable story from a powerful new literary voice.

 

They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done?

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, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.

For the first time Frannie must 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?

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241349199
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm


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'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

'A seductive and entrancing read, with captivating historical detail... The Confessions of Frannie Langton is an extremely powerful book that resonates long after the finalpage 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

'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

'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

The Feminist Book Society presents: Rewriting history – who gets to be remembered?

The Feminist Book Society presents: Rewriting history – who gets to be remembered?

London - Gower Street
Wednesday 15th May 18:30

The Feminist Book Society co-founders Katy Loftus and Eleanor Dryden will be joined by Sara Collins, Bernadine Evaristo and Kate Mosse – to discuss this month's theme: 'Rewriting history – who gets to be remembered?'

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New Fiction Showcase with Elizabeth Macneal and Sara Collins

New Fiction Showcase with Elizabeth Macneal and Sara Collins

Leeds
Wednesday 22nd May 18:30

After the success of our first New Fiction Showcase, Waterstones Leeds are absolutely delighted to be hosting the second New Fiction Showcase that shines a light on new voices in fiction. This event will be playing host to two of 2019's lead titles; Sara Collins' The Confessions of Frannie Langton and Elizabeth Macneal's The Doll Factory.

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“A great debut....”

London is scandalised with the trial of Franny Langton who is accused of murdering her master and mistress.

The story of Frannie told through flashbacks into her life, her childhood in sugar plantation in Jamaica,... More

Hardback edition
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“Did she really do it?”

Frannie is on trial, the only problem is, she does not remember doing what she is accused of. How is this possible? We desperately want a happy outcome and are rooting for her in this compulsive story. It captures the... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 17

“A deeply disturbing and moving read.”

This was certainly both a gripping and deeply disturbing read and by the final deeply moving pages I was hoping against all hope that the central character Frannie Langton might against all the seemingly... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 8

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