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Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 07/09/2023
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The Fraud
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 ... READ MORE
Will Rycroft
The Fraud
Brilliant!
I inhaled this book! Having only ever read ‘White Teeth’ before this, my expectations were high - and this completely met them. I fell in love with these c... READ MORE
Kiera Lucy
The Fraud
Why Haven't I Read Zadie Smith Before? The Fraud is 2023's Most Vibrant Historical Fiction Novel!
The Fraud is a historical fiction novel that follows the lesser-known Victorian novelist, William Ainsworth, his (non-blood related) cousin, maid, and love... READ MORE
Izzy

Synopsis

Quite probably as close to a perfect historical novel as you’ll find, Zadie Smith’s latest brings together the worlds of 19th-century Jamaica and England for a collision that is as laugh-aloud funny as it is keen, opening up a knife-wound of enmities, inequality and personal ambition that is simply effortless to read.

Shortlisted for Foyles Fiction Book of the Year 2023

Synopsis

The extraordinary first historical novel from bestselling author of White Teeth Zadie Smith It is 1873. Mrs Eliza Touchet is the Scottish housekeeper - and cousin by marriage - of a once famous novelist, now in decline, William Ainsworth, with whom she has lived for thirty years. Mrs Touchet is a woman of many interests: literature, justice, abolitionism, class, her cousin, his wives, this life and the next. But she is also sceptical. She suspects her cousin of having no talent; his successful friend, Mr Charles Dickens, of being a bully and a moralist; and England of being a land of facades, in which nothing is quite what it seems. Andrew Bogle meanwhile grew up enslaved on the Hope Plantation, Jamaica. He knows every lump of sugar comes at a human cost. That the rich deceive the poor. And that people are more easily manipulated than they realise. When Bogle finds himself in London, star witness in a celebrated case of imposture, he knows his future depends on telling the right story. The 'Tichborne Trial' captivates Mrs Touchet and all of England. Is Sir Roger Tichborne really who he says he is? Or is he a fraud? Mrs Touchet is a woman of the world. Mr Bogle is no fool. But in a world of hypocrisy and self-deception, deciding what is real proves a complicated task... Based on real historical events, The Fraud is a dazzling novel about truth and fiction, Jamaica and Britain, fraudulence and authenticity, and the mystery of 'other people.'

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 2928377174194
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 750g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 40 mm

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The Fraud
Powerful and challenging
There is never any doubt of the literary power of Zadie Smith- over the last two decades she has written some of the most richly descriptive/plotted and t... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
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Killed the mood
The Fraud began entertainingly, with lively and interesting characters, but later felt like a (very) long lecture. Perhaps Zadie Smith had endured someone ... READ MORE
Susan Armstrong
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Disappointed
I expected so much more due to all the hype. Not for me.
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