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  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 06/10/2022
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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Charming historical fiction
The authors introduction to this book states his intent to place a Black character on the page in the same way as Austen Dickens and the Brontes. Absolutel... READ MORE
Valerie at Darlington
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Fascinating and challenging - like Sancho himself
A beautiful looking book, and a fascinating glimpse at the world of Georgian London through the eyes of Charles Ignatius Sancho. A real historical figure, ... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield

Synopsis

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: 699g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 40 mm

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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
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 b... READ MORE
Fran McBookface
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
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 Blac... READ MORE
Phil Ramage
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
A captivating story of an incredible 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 b... READ MORE
Fran McBookface
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Black British story of courage and celebration
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph Britain’s history is multicoloured and yet only the white part is often told. The contr... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Excellent historical read
It’s always interesting to read a book about a real person, as, despite what ever may be known about them, there is still a lot we don’t know, and that nee... READ MORE
Gee Wood
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Outstanding dramatisation
Paterson Joseph's debut novel is outstanding, and dramatises the life of a true character, Charles Ignatius Sancho. Sancho was born on a slave ship, and f... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Insightful & Heartbreaking
This was a journey from heartbreaking truths to a hopeful ending. This touched heavily on what it meant to be a free black man/woman in 18th century London... READ MORE
Yasmin
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
An Eloquent Historical Read
It's always an intrigue, reading a first book written by a celebrity and a little worry that it won't be any good... no problem here! "The Secret Diaries o... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
A story of an incredible life but I wanted more
This novel tells the story of the incredible life of historical figure Charles Ignatius Sancho. Rescued from slavery as a baby, Sancho is always questionin... READ MORE
Laura
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Authentic voice
Born into slavery, Charles Ignatius is named for a Catholic priest and given the extra name Sancho by his mistresses. However when the engaging boy turns ... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Powerful fictional biography set against the backdrop of Georgian London
“This is an imaginative telling of the life of a Black man who breathed London’s air two hundred years before I walked its streets. …This is the tale of a ... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
interesting and entertaining
I was sent an advance proof copy of The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho to read and review by NetGalley. I really enjoyed this novel, it was int... READ MORE
lesleys
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
An important and engaging read
Charles is born on a slave ship and almost immediately orphaned, before being taken to England to live with 3 unmarried sisters, who he refers to as ‘the c... READ MORE
Emma McAnulty