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.