Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 (Paperback)
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Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 (Paperback)

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Published: 04/04/2019

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2020

'A masterpiece' Attica Locke

'Strong, beautiful and beguiling' Observer

'Destined to become a future classic ... that rare book that should appeal to every kind of reader' Guardian

When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven-year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of them. The eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him.

Titch's idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger. They escape together, but then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible.

Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is an extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788162982
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 178 x 110 x 30 mm
Edition: Export - OME


MEDIA REVIEWS

Washington Black is a profoundly humane story about false idols, the fickleness of fortune and whether a slave, once freed, can ever truly be free. - The Times

A lush, exhilarating travelogue reminiscent of Jules Verne . . . Edugyan, like her hero, can paint an indelible scene - New Yorker

A full-pelt adventure story featuring hot-air balloon crashes, blizzards in the Arctic, scientific discovery, knife fights in dark alleys, bounty hunters and forbidden romance - Sunday Times

Washington Black is a brilliantly absorbing picaresque; a book that combines the unflinching depiction of violence with a lyrical, hallucinatory beauty. - Sandra Newman

Wondrous ... gripping ... vivid and captivating - Economist

Magnificent and strikingly visual prose - Financial Times

Washington Black is a gripping adventure and an atmospheric portrayal of 1830s society at both the fringes of the world and the heart of the British Empire - John Boyne

A pacey yet thoughtful exploration of freedom, and our moral compulsion to act - Spectator

Exquisite - Boris Kachka, New York Magazine

An engrossing hybrid of 19th-century adventure and contemporary subtlety, a rip-roaring tale of peril imbued with our most persistent strife . . . Edugyan is a magical writer - Washington Post

A towering achievement . . . Edugyan is one of our sharpest and deepest writers of historical fiction - Entertainment Weekly

Edugyan's genius here is that she's found an urgent, fresh way of writing the antebellum novel . . . A romping yarn, beautifully and evocatively written, the narrative spinning along at a glorious pace. - Lucy Scholes, The National

Astonishing . . . Washington Black's presence in these pages is fierce and unsettling. His urge to live all he can is matched by his eloquence. - The New York Times

In a story that is escapist, as well as poignant and political, Edugyan enjoys taking her readers where they are least expecting to go . . . Like the best historical fiction, it shines a light on the present as well as the past. - Irish Independent

Washington Black is made vivid by Esi Edugyan's gifts for language and character, and by the strength of her story ... The reader feels honoured and moved to have kept Wash company on his journeying - New Statesman

At the core of this novel, with its searing, supple prose and superb characters, is a visceral depiction of the abomination of slavery. Yet, as importantly, it explores an unlikely friendship, the limits to understanding another's suffering, the violence lurking in humans and the glories of adventure in a world full of wonders. - Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail

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“An epic journey to freedom...”

This cleverly written, innovative novel told through the eyes of young slave ‘ Washington Black ‘ is given an opportunity to obtain his freedom by becoming his master’s brother’s right hand man. Together they takes... More

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“Hope this wins the Booker... An adventure told with sparkling "brio"”

I was initially drawn to this book I confess by its cover, reminiscent of Terry Gilliam's style or a Phileas Fogg illustration. It certainly delivered on the adventure story front. If you judge a book by its... More

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“A complex yet thrilling, fast paced adventure story.”

Washington Black is a stunning book that, if you are like me, you will not be able to put down. Edugyan slips perfectly into the adventure genre, describing the globetrotting exploits of an escaped slave, George... More

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