The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho (Hardback)
  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho (Hardback)
  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho (Hardback)
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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages
Published: 06/10/2022
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Narrated in the style of a gloriously witty Regency polemic, The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho reimagines the life and times of the maverick Black writer and composer in 18th-century London in illustrious, unputdownable prose.

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2023 Discover Book of the Year

Shortlisted for The Jhalak Prize 2023

Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023

Meet Charles Ignatius Sancho: his extraordinary story, hidden for three hundred years, is about to be told.

I had little right to live, born on a slave ship where my parents both died. But I survived, and indeed, you might say I did more...

It's 1746 and Georgian London is not a safe place for a young Black man, especially one who has escaped slavery. After the twinkling lights in the Fleet Street coffee shops are blown out and the great houses have closed their doors for the night, Sancho must dodge slave catchers and worse. The man he hoped would help - a kindly duke who taught him to write - is dying. Sancho is desperate and utterly alone. So how does Charles Ignatius Sancho meet the King, write and play highly acclaimed music, become the first Black person to vote in Britain and lead the fight to end slavery?

It's time for him to tell his story, one that begins on a tempestuous Atlantic Ocean, and ends at the very centre of London life. And through it all, he must ask: born amongst death, how much can you achieve in one short life?

From one of Britain's best-loved actors, Paterson Joseph, comes an utterly captivating and haunting historical novel, telling the true story of a Great Black Briton.

Publisher: Dialogue
ISBN: 9780349702391
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 699 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 40 mm


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An absolutely thrilling, throat-catching wonder of a historical novel. I read with alternating fascination, dread, hilarity, admiration, sorrow and triumph for a full life rendered with such animation, brilliance and understanding. Told in wonderful prose and with dazzling energy and brilliant panache. Hugely recommended - Stephen Fry

Elegant, moving and vital, that this book is the product of a deep interest and long study of one man's life and times is evident. But what Paterson Joseph does - what every writer of historical fiction yearns to do - is make history fall away so that in every moment we are immersed in a lived life. A stunning debut. - Jess Kidd

With his intriguing novel The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, Paterson Joseph has fully inhabited the important eighteenth-century figure of Sancho. Taking the known facts of Sancho's life as a slave-born man who became known to both the black and white communities of London, from nobility to working class, Joseph breathes vivid life into the first black man to cast a vote in the England, but whose family ranked higher in his heart than any others in his life. The novel sings with the words of a man who survives his struggles, and expresses himself through music, language, and love. - Gretchen Gerzina

I so admire Joseph's verbal imagination which seems to effortlessly bridge the gap between our time and Sancho's. In a huge, warm, real voice, Joseph makes us look at a past world from another perspective. It's terrific. - Harriet Walter

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Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“Powerful, eye-opening, and charming!”

Born amongst death, how much can he achieve in one short life?
Meet Charles Ignatius Sancho:
His extraordinary, unbelievable, unexpected story, hidden away for three hundred years is yearning to be told, and finally... More

Hardback edition
5 similar books recommended
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“An utterly compelling story of a fascinating life."”

I love reading history - fact, fiction or something of both, I enjoy it all. I especially like reading about hidden history which sadly includes the many black Britons before Windrush. 

I have been so looking forward... More

Hardback edition
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“A significant character from Eighteenth Century London remembered”

Paterson Joseph has joined the group of notable actors turning to fiction writing with very worthy intentions to fill some of the gaps of pre-Windrush Black British history by giving us a fictional account of the life... More

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