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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

(2019)
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"A startling, compelling historical debut novel. . . should be on top of your vacation reading pile." -The Washington Post

"A stunning debut. . . . I love this book." -Guardian

"Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace . . . [a] devious, richly detailed debut." -O: The Oprah Magazine

A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London - a remarkable literary debut with echoes of Alias Grace,The Underground Railroad, and The Paying Guests.

All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being tried at the Old Bailey.

The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore.

But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life. She doesn't know how she came to be covered in the victims' blood. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams' London home - and into a passionate and forbidden relationship.

Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut: a murder mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade.

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

Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Author(s): Sara Collins
ISBN: 1-4328-6546-3 / 978-1-4328-6546-7 (USA edition)
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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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
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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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
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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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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
Author(s): Sara Collins
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Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton: 'A dazzling page-turner' (Emma Donoghue)
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