Out in Hardback – 4th April 2019
‘By turns lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive . . . a dazzling page-turner’ Emma Donoghue, author of Room
‘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 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
‘An extremely powerful book that resonates long after the final page has been turned’ Laura Carlin, the author of The Wicked Cometh
‘A spectacular, dark novel, with elements of Jane Eyre and Paradise Lost‘ Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
‘Sara Collins has picked up the tradition of gothic fiction and made it brand new’ Stef Penney, author of The Tenderness of Wolves
‘What an extraordinary, exhilarating and fiercely intelligent book. I loved Frannie and she felt so very real and alive to me’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love
‘Frannie Langton is a unique literary creation in this pitch-perfect gothic novel: a Jamaican former slave who is both the heart and heroine of the story. I loved this moving, beguiling, gorgeously-written book.’ 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, an engrossing murder mystery, and a deep meditation on freedom, choice, and what it means to have a voice’ Rebecca F. John, author of The Haunting of Henry Twist
‘From Charlotte Brontë 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