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"I’ve always wanted to tell my story, even though one person’s story is only a raindrop in an ocean."

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'By turns lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive . . . a dazzling page-turner' Emma Donoghue, author of Room THE MOST TALKED-ABOUT DEBUT OF 2019: * A GUARDIAN DEBUT NOVELIST PICK * A BBC R4 WOMAN'S HOUR 'BOOKS TO WATCH' * RED, i AND STYLIST MAGAZINE'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR





'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 beautiful and 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 back alleys, into the enthralling heart of Georgian London.





'Spectacular' Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street 'A book of heart, soul and guts' Elizabeth Day 'It resonates long after the final page has been turned' Laura Carlin, the author of The Wicked Cometh 'Gothic fiction made brand new' Stef Penney, author of The Tenderness of Wolves 'Recalls the best of Sarah Waters' E C Fremantle, author of The Poison Bed 'Gothic writing at its very best' Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine 'Tender and furious and wholly deserving of attention' Jessie Greengrass, author of Sight 'Extraordinary, exhilarating and fiercely intelligent book' Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love 'A pitch-perfect gothic novel' Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph 'A glory of a book' Stephanie Butland, author of Letters to my Husband 'A literary page-turner' Rebecca F. John, author of The Haunting of Henry Twist 'From Charlotte Bronte through Sarah Waters, Alias Grace and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, The Confessions of Frannie Langton draws on a wealth of literary influences' Observer



Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersHistorical mysteriesFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryRomanceErotic FictionHistorical romanceFiction & PoetryRomanceRomance Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 04/04/2019 ISBN-13: 9780241349199  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sara Collins studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years. In 2014 she embarked upon the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University, where she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for a book inspired by her love of gothic fiction. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.

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