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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

(2019)
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Awards
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel
'Deep-diving and elegant . . . Wide Sargasso Sea meets Beloved meets Alias Grace' Margaret Atwood

'Takes the gothic genre by the scruff of the neck...a triumph of powerful characterisation melded with suspenseful plotting' Bernadine Evaristo

WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK AWARDS FIRST NOVEL PRIZE 2019
WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE MONTH

'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?

A haunting tale about one woman's fight to tell her story, The Confessions of Frannie Langton leads you through laudanum-laced dressing rooms and dark-as-night alleys, into the heart of Georgian London.

'A dazzling page-turner' Emma Donoghue

'A star in the making'Sunday Times

'Gothic fiction made brand new' Stef Penney

'Dazzlingly original' The Times

'A heroine for our times' Elizabeth Day

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"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 seductive and entrancing read, with captivating historical detail...The Confessions of Frannie Langton is an extremely powerful book that resonates long after the final page has been turned." - Laura Carlin

"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

"By turns lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive . . . a dazzling page-turner." - Emma Donoghue

"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

"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


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October 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction)
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 1-4328-6546-3 / 978-1-4328-6546-7 (USA edition)
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May 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-285189-6 / 978-0-06-285189-5 (USA edition)
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April 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: The Costa-shortlisted 'dazzling page-turner' (Emma Donoghue)
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 0-241-34919-2 / 978-0-241-34919-9 (UK edition)
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June 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 0-06-285180-2 / 978-0-06-285180-2 (USA edition)
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May 2020 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 1-4434-5620-9 / 978-1-4434-5620-3 (Canada edition)
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: The Costa Book Awards First Novel Winner 2019
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 0-241-98401-7 / 978-0-241-98401-7 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 1-4434-5618-7 / 978-1-4434-5618-0 (Canada edition)
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 0-241-34920-6 / 978-0-241-34920-5 (UK edition)
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May 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: Library Edition
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May 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 1-982656-56-5 / 978-1-982656-56-0
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May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
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May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
Publisher: HarperAudio
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May 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
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May 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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June 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
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May 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
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April 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: The Costa Book Awards First Novel Winner 2019
Author(s): Sara Collins
Publisher: Penguin
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