Sara Collins WINS Costa First Novel Award

Jan 7, 2020

Sara Collins has won the Costa First Novel Award for her debut THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON, published by Viking books.

In a fiercely competitive shortlist of critically acclaimed authors, her novel joins other winners of this prize such as Stef Penney and Zadie Smith.

Collins’s debut The Confessions Of Frannie Langton features a “twisted love affair” between a Jamaican maid and her French mistress in Georgian London.

The “gothic romance” was inspired by the story of a Jamaican boy, Francis Barber, sent into service in the household of Samuel Johnson.

Johnson wrote that Barber had been “given me by a friend” and the idea that a child could be given as a gift in England formed the springboard for the book.

Jamaican-born Collins worked in the Cayman Islands as a dispute resolution lawyer for 17 years and was also involved in human rights advocacy.

She always dreamed of being an author and now her book has been translated in over 12x languages and screen rights have been optioned by Drama Republic.

She now goes head to head with the other category winners for the overall Costa Book of the Year on the 28th January against Jonathan Coe, Jack Fairweather, Jasbinder Bilan and Mary Jean Chan.