The Fraud (Paperback)
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The Fraud (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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Taking inspiration from a real-life nineteenth-century imposture trial, Smith's immersive first historical novel weaves together the stories of a Scottish housekeeper with a novelist cousin, a formerly enslaved valet unexpectedly thrust into the limelight of a legal case and the missing heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.

Shortlisted for the Fiction Writers' Prize 2024

Longlisted for The Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize 2024

Truth and fiction. Jamaica and Britain. Who gets to tell their story?

In her first historical novel, Zadie Smith transports the reader to a Victorian England transfixed by the real-life trial of the Tichborne Claimant, in which a cockney butcher, recently returned from Australia, lays claim to the Tichborne baronetcy, with his former slave Andrew Bogle as star witness. Watching the proceedings, and with her own story to tell, is Eliza Touchet – cousin, housekeeper and perhaps more – to failing novelist William Harrison Ainsworth.

From literary London to the Jamaica’s sugar-cane plantations, Zadie Smith weaves an enthralling story linking the rich and the poor, the free and the enslaved, and the comic and the tragic.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241983096
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

No one understands humans better. As this novel shows, there is no better guide to people and their bottomlessness than Smith herself - iNews

This was really delightful. 10/10. Zadie Smith is a genius - Brandon Taylor author of The Late Americans

A novel full of people, ideas, humour, feeling and something like moral truth – the stuff of life - Evening Standard

Searingly original [and] virtuosic . . . the book masterfully depicts post-emancipation Britain as it ruptures along faultlines of class and race - Vogue

Brilliant. A Dickensian delight - Los Angeles Times

The Fraud is unlike anything you’ll read this year: a charismatic, cerebral novel that asks us to consider the greatest fraud of all, that of one man claiming to hold the key to another’s freedom - Irish Times

Affecting and devastating . . . In typical Zadie style, the narrative structure and decade leaping require you to pay attention – but you’re heavily rewarded with the sheer breadth of the novel and its vividly painted characters - Independent, '24 best summer books 2024'

A wonderful meditation on truth and falsehood, and the boundaries between fact and fiction - Spectator

A big, rich saga, tumbling with characters and big issues (feminism, slavery, truth) - The Times, 'Best Novels of 2023'

The Fraud is a complex mosaic of interweaving plots . . . The novel pulls off the trick of being both splendidly modern and authentically old and the characters are varied and entertaining - Independent, ‘Best Books of 2023’

Ambitious in both style and subject matter, and bursting with Smith’s trademark sprightly dialogue, The Fraud is also very funny - Guardian, 'Summer reading'

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“A dazzling historical novel..”

The Fraud” is Smith’s first historical novel. She cleverly creates a perfect Victorian novel, employing modern ideas. That results in a comprehensive blend of facts and fiction.

Smith weaves the story around a real... More

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Jo at Greenwich

“Hidden histories and the power of the pen.”

This is an intelligent, fascinating, moving and often hilarious historical novel from Zadie Smith. It brings to life the true, rather mind boggling story of The Tichborne Claimant, told through the eyes of the complex... More

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“A historical setting but still 100% Zadie”

The prospect of a first historical novel from Zadie Smith might have readers wondering why the change and what the reading experience might be like. Don't be fooled. The setting may be historical but the reading... More

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