The Confessions of Frannie Langton

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Sara Collins / Sep 23, 2019

The Confessions of Frannie Langton 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 and all of London is in a frenzy Crowds gathe

  • Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
  • Author: Sara Collins
  • ISBN: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
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  • 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, sed 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication May 21st 2019 by Harper first published April 4th 2019 More Details Original Title The Confessions of Frannie Langton ISBN 0062851896 ISBN13 9780062851895 Other Editions 15 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins Author Release date May 21, 2019 All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Be All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being tried at the Old Bailey.The testimonies against Frannie are damning She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore.But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life She doesn t know how she came to be covered in the victims blood But she does have a tale to tell a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams London home and into a passionate and forbidden relationship.Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself.The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut a murder mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Black Heroines 2019 27 books 3 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 01, 2018 Maureen rated it really liked it review of another edition London, circa 1820, and servant Frannie Langton is on trial accused of murdering her Master and Mistress The problem is that she can t remember anything about that fateful night, however, she can t believe that she d murder her mistress, she loved her too much to hurt her, didn t she Frannie has come a long way since her days as a slave on the sugar plantation in Jamaica, not just in terms of geographical distance but in terms of her life s journey too This complex character wears many labels London, circa 1820, and servant Frannie Langton is on trial accused of murdering her Master and Mistress The problem is that she can t remember anything about that fateful night, however, she can t believe that she d murder her mistress, she loved her too much to hurt her, didn t she Frannie has come a long way since her days as a slave on the sugar plantation in Jamaica, not just in terms of geographical distance but in terms of her life s journey too This complex character wears many labels slave, servant, Lady s companion, whore, addict, and now murderess For a former slave, Frannie definitely bucks the trend, not only being able to read and write, but being blessed with a sharp and inquisitive mind too.Incarcerated in Newgate prison awaiting trial, Frannie passes the days writing her life story, and it s here that we re transported back to the sultry heat of Jamaica and the cruelty that is part and parcel of a sugar plantation before the abolition of slavery, and it has to be said that Frannie plays her part in this cruelty too What a massive change awaited her in London, not only the cold damp weather and notorious fogs that created an ethereal world of murk and mystery, but she had to acclimatise to a whole new culture that was literally a world away from her former life.This is a well written historical whodunnit that brings early 19th century London deliciously to life The characters were quite complex, none so than Frannie She s many women in one form The narrative though slow at times was compelling playing on one s curiosity to discover where this journey was going and importantly who was responsible for the murders Murders that place Frannie Langton very much in the frame But did she do it or did she not My lips are sealed Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin books UK, Viking for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange flag 151 likesLike see review View all 64 comments Jan 15, 2019 Roman Clodia rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsThe good stuff Collins shows tremendous skill in giving her characters voices Phibbah with her Jamaican accent sounds completely different from Frannie who teaches herself to speak proper English, and whose speech is peppered with similes that actually work Also the first part of the narrative set on a slave plantation in Jamaica manages to disrupt the story we ve heard many times before yes, slavery is horrific, but the literary representation of it can get repetitive I had s 3.5 starsThe good stuff Collins shows tremendous skill in giving her characters voices Phibbah with her Jamaican accent sounds completely different from Frannie who teaches herself to speak proper English, and whose speech is peppered with similes that actually work Also the first part of the narrative set on a slave plantation in Jamaica manages to disrupt the story we ve heard many times before yes, slavery is horrific, but the literary representation of it can get repetitive I had such high hopes of where this book might take us But then we get to London and Frannie is given to an Englishman and falls into another modern convention of neo Victorian fiction view spoiler she falls in love with her new master s wife and the book goes all Sarah Waters on us Even hints of asylums and the framing narrative of Frannie being on trial for murdering master and mistress feels very done before hide spoiler the tale increasingly feels like it s lost its way There are so many intriguing aspects of the story that I wanted to know about view spoiler the experiments that take place in Jamaica which are hinted at, but sort of covered over at the same time the relationship between Frannie and Langton did he coerce her into sex Or was her trauma over a baby to do with the albino child experimented on hide spoiler The background, too, of scientific racism is used wonderfully to give both emotional and intellectual heft to Frannie s story So much good stuff here but sadly it s doesn t really come together and there s a whole section in the middle where the story drifts The frame of the trial and Frannie s final confession feels like a last minute info dump, tying up too many loose ends far too fast information carefully placed would have paced the story better For all my niggles, Collins has a genuinely fresh voice and huge talent this feels like a debut but I really look forward to where she goes from here Many thanks to Penguin for an ARC via NetGalley flag 16 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Jannelies rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves historical fiction You cannot feel but very, very sorry for Frances Langton, who did nothing wrong but being who she is Born at a plantation in Jamaica of a white man and one of his niggers sometime around 1800, she is, in a time and place where black people are still considered a sort of sub human race, an abomination in the eyes of white nd black people We read her story as she writes it down while being in prison, accused of murder Slowly, very slowly we learn how absolutely horrible white people treated You cannot feel but very, very sorry for Frances Langton, who did nothing wrong but being who she is Born at a plantation in Jamaica of a white man and one of his niggers sometime around 1800, she is, in a time and place where black people are still considered a sort of sub human race, an abomination in the eyes of white nd black people We read her story as she writes it down while being in prison, accused of murder Slowly, very slowly we learn how absolutely horrible white people treated their servants , their black slaves Langton, married to a delicate but rich English woman, discovers Frannie one day with a book in her hand and from that moment on she is doomed Black people are not supposed to be intelligent enough to learn how to read and write Yes, black, because to all the white people Frannie meets in her life, she is black , but to all black people she meets, she is white So what is she Langton brings her to London and turns her in to a chamber maid in a rich household A household where things happen that were quite wide spread in those days, but very illegal of course Frannie tries to find a new life here, meanwhile trying to forget the old one Alas, she cannot The way she thinks is a result of her unusual upbringing and so she gets entangled in the lives of the other people in the household This is a very well researched and written book It is, although nothing new to me, horrifying to read how white people treated people with a different colour It is even horrifying to realize that than a 100 years later there are still people who think it is ok to treat people different because of the colour of their skin This books keeps you reading but than that, this book sets you thinking Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this wonderful book flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Beadyjan rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was a great read for me as I enjoyed Frannie s complex character so much and it s a deep and disturbing novel It makes up, with Frannies personality, what it lacks somewhat in graphic detail, this book leaves much, often too much, to the imagination, so much that often I wasn t completely sure I was clear what was happening Some of this is inevitable and intentional, drugs are quite heavily involved which has an impact on Frannies memories and reminiscences, causing a deliberate haziness This was a great read for me as I enjoyed Frannie s complex character so much and it s a deep and disturbing novel It makes up, with Frannies personality, what it lacks somewhat in graphic detail, this book leaves much, often too much, to the imagination, so much that often I wasn t completely sure I was clear what was happening Some of this is inevitable and intentional, drugs are quite heavily involved which has an impact on Frannies memories and reminiscences, causing a deliberate haziness around events, so much so that as she writes her memoirs, incarcerated in Newgate jail accused of murdering her master and Mistress, she herself has no clear idea of what she may or may not be guilty.Frances or Frannie Langton is a slave, she begins life as the only mulatto on a Sugar plantation worked by negro slaves belonging to the Langton family The Mistress and Master inevitably treat her as a belonging rather than a human and she finds it hard to fit into either their world or that of her fellow slaves Her master Mr Langton likes to experiment and decides to see if he can educate Frannie, with her bright and enquiring mind she absorbs knowledge like a sponge but will this be her downfall She becomes reluctantly involved with further, gruesome experiments he conducts.Until, in Jamaica, sudden disaster strikes with tragic consequences which drive Mr Langton to flee to England with Frannie in tow She dreams that London will bring her the freedom she craves and perhaps it does, in some ways.She becomes a servant in a grand house where her Mistress, Mrs Benham is perhaps as much enslaved as Frannie has been and when she appoints Frannie as her personal lady s maid, Frannie sees this as the chance to change her life Change her life it certainly does but not how she wants it to.She finds love where she least expects it and when it appears reciprocated she becomes as much a slave to love as she was enslaved in Jamaica She will do anything for love, won t she This is the story of how she came to be imprisoned in Englands cruellest and most notorious jail, on trial for double murder and with her memoirs we become appraised of her downfall It is a love story, a chilling horror story and a telling indictment on how appallingly man can treat his fellow man, especially how black people were viewed and mistreated by white folk when slavery was still acceptable to the masses around the early 19th century.I loved Frannie, I ached for her and I seethed with her frustration at the lack of control she was allowed to have over her own destiny It is a fantastic piece of story telling smothered with the haze of opium and filled with the mental terror of never being in charge of your own fate flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 28, 2018 michelle rated it liked it review of another edition I know how hard author goes to produce a book But for me personally, The Confessions of Frannie Langton just wasn t for me.It s 1826 at there are crowds at Old Bailey, watching Frannie Langton on trial for the murder of Mr and Mrs Benham She was their housemaid Brought from a sugar plantation from Jamaica Her mother one of the slaves, her father a white man The story describes the history of the slave trade and what it is like to live as one in them times.The story was well researched and I know how hard author goes to produce a book But for me personally, The Confessions of Frannie Langton just wasn t for me.It s 1826 at there are crowds at Old Bailey, watching Frannie Langton on trial for the murder of Mr and Mrs Benham She was their housemaid Brought from a sugar plantation from Jamaica Her mother one of the slaves, her father a white man The story describes the history of the slave trade and what it is like to live as one in them times.The story was well researched and it had strong characters but I thought it was very slow I only started getting interested in the story in the last 20 percent of the book Sorry not for me flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 28, 2018 Gio rated it really liked it review of another edition A servant and former slave stands trial for the murder of her employer and his wife but did she do it Even Frannie doesn t know She can t anything from that fateful evening What she remembers clearly is the journey that took her there While in prison, Frannie jots down her autobiography, from her earlier years as a house slave on a Jamaican plantation through her journey to London, life as a servant for the most brilliant life in England, a prostitute in the underbelly of the city It A servant and former slave stands trial for the murder of her employer and his wife but did she do it Even Frannie doesn t know She can t anything from that fateful evening What she remembers clearly is the journey that took her there While in prison, Frannie jots down her autobiography, from her earlier years as a house slave on a Jamaican plantation through her journey to London, life as a servant for the most brilliant life in England, a prostitute in the underbelly of the city It s the story of a young girl doing her best to survive in a hostile world Some of the stories from her past are much harrowing than the crime for which she stands trial for.Although at times the pace was slow, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel The characters are complex and well rounded, the story thought provoking and the writing enthralling You ll be guessing whodunnit till the end flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 michelle rated it liked it review of another edition I know how hard author goes to produce a book But for me personally, The Confessions of Frannie Langton just wasn t for me.It s 1826 at there are crowds at Old Bailey, watching Frannie Langton on trial for the murder of Mr and Mrs Benham She was their housemaid Brought from a sugar plantation from Jamaica Her mother one of the slaves, her father a white man The story describes the history of the slave trade and what it is like to live as one in them times.The story was well researched and I know how hard author goes to produce a book But for me personally, The Confessions of Frannie Langton just wasn t for me.It s 1826 at there are crowds at Old Bailey, watching Frannie Langton on trial for the murder of Mr and Mrs Benham She was their housemaid Brought from a sugar plantation from Jamaica Her mother one of the slaves, her father a white man The story describes the history of the slave trade and what it is like to live as one in them times.The story was well researched and it had strong characters but I thought it was very slow I only started getting interested in the story in the last 20 percent of the book Sorry not for me flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Zoe rated it really liked it review of another edition My trial starts the way my life did a squall of elbows and shoving and spit Sometimes a book just grabs you from the beginning, something tells you that treasure lies here I felt that within a few paragraphs of The Confessions of Frannie Langton Sara Collins prefaced the novel with an explanation of her enjoyment of stories from Georgian Victorian era but also her disappoint that she didn t feel represented in the literature from that time Her love of literature and that lack of inclusion My trial starts the way my life did a squall of elbows and shoving and spit Sometimes a book just grabs you from the beginning, something tells you that treasure lies here I felt that within a few paragraphs of The Confessions of Frannie Langton Sara Collins prefaced the novel with an explanation of her enjoyment of stories from Georgian Victorian era but also her disappoint that she didn t feel represented in the literature from that time Her love of literature and that lack of inclusion drove her to write a novel that filled a gap, filled a need for women like Frances Langton to have a voice.And what a voice The author embodies Frannie so well The first thing that struck me was that Frannie s voice shone through immediately She sounds so authentic, within a few lines you are engaged and intrigued So much of the prose is beautiful and evocative, truly poetic Sara Collins describes the people and places so deftly, you sense the weight of a sultry Jamaican plantation and the drabness of a grey London suburb You can almost taste the boiling sugar cane and fall under the sway of the delicious, devilish Black Drop It s difficult to read this book without imagining a BBC period drama, it really would make a good screen adaptation There is no doubt that Collins is a gifted and accomplished writer, a weaver of words both seductive and threatening I really enjoyed this novel and would like to read anything new from Sara Collins Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in return for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 06, 2018 Mandymoo rated it really liked it review of another edition Historical novels aren t my usual type of genre, but I was sent this as an ARC, so I was delighted to go against my usual type of read and give this a go.Frannie Langton is a well educated young lady, who is on trial for the double murder of her employers while they slept in their beds Frannie claims she is innocent, but the Testimonies suggest otherwise The biggest question being Who is Frannie Langton An intriguing and thought provoking story, over all a thoroughly good read I would defin Historical novels aren t my usual type of genre, but I was sent this as an ARC, so I was delighted to go against my usual type of read and give this a go.Frannie Langton is a well educated young lady, who is on trial for the double murder of her employers while they slept in their beds Frannie claims she is innocent, but the Testimonies suggest otherwise The biggest question being Who is Frannie Langton An intriguing and thought provoking story, over all a thoroughly good read I would definitely like to read by this author and I am grateful for the opportunity to read this ARC flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Cassie Wallis rated it it was amazing review of another edition I have recently been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins If a page turner is a book that is constantly surprising, that keeps you on your toes chasing the twists and relishing the turns then THIS novel is a page turner I did not want to put it down.From a slave plantation in Jamaica, to life as a lady s maid in a grand Georgian town house, via a London bawdy house, to the court rooms of the Old Bailey, tried for the double murder o I have recently been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins If a page turner is a book that is constantly surprising, that keeps you on your toes chasing the twists and relishing the turns then THIS novel is a page turner I did not want to put it down.From a slave plantation in Jamaica, to life as a lady s maid in a grand Georgian town house, via a London bawdy house, to the court rooms of the Old Bailey, tried for the double murder of her master and mistress We follow the story of Frannie Langton, through her own words, via her confessions to her lawyer But how do I describe it A murder mystery A gothic horror An exploration of eugenics and scientific racism A compelling and obsessive, lesbian romance It s all these things and Written with wit and finesse, very well researched and with much attention paid to historical detail.I ve never read a book that so vividly paints a picture of its protagonist s emotional progress What joy to intricately follow Frannie s journey, geographically and psychologically And it s an emotional journey too, gut wrenching at times, but without ever being sickly sweet.In fact, I became so invested in Frannie that sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her not to do something or not to say something But there s nothing to be done about it THIS woman has a mind of her own And it s testament to the author s skills that as a reader you care.Collins does not succumb to lazy stereotypes when writing her characters either And not just the main characters but also those waiting in the wings to take their turn All are three dimensional, with fully formed back stories, no matter how small their part Look out in particular for Laddie and Sal, both integral to the storyline.The narrative comes alive with the author s use of metaphors and similes The black night crouches, like a watchman, at the glass So simple yet so effective It s the use of language like this that helps so vividly to paint a portrait of the book s varied landscapes in your minds eye And what landscapes The author sweeps back and forth between Continents in a way reminiscent of Bram Stoker s Dracula.And so in summary, this book vividly touches upon the horrors of slavery without ever being a book ABOUT slavery It touches upon life as a domestic maid, without ever turning into Downton Abbey It delves into an illicit, obsessive love affair between mistress and servant without ever becoming Lady Chatterley s Lover It s about all these things and so much But that s the point There is to Frannie then meets the eye She has a voice and a story to tell and she WILL confess it in her own, unique way An original, astonishing, powerful, thought provoking novel, written with humour and intelligence If there s one book you read this year, make it this one flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Ombledroom Kika Kramvousanou rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves , murder mystery murder mystery , editors flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Ness rated it really liked it review of another edition A nouveau gothic novel, this is a story set in the 1800s about a Jamaican ex slave turned mistress who dreams of than is promised to a person of her skin colour in those days We follow Frannie s journey from a Jamaican plantation, in which she is forced to assist carry out horrific experiments and act as scribe under the eye of her owner, then to Victorian London, where Frannie is gifted to a colleague of her owner a Mr Benham.It opens in a courtroom and we are told Frannie is on trial f A nouveau gothic novel, this is a story set in the 1800s about a Jamaican ex slave turned mistress who dreams of than is promised to a person of her skin colour in those days We follow Frannie s journey from a Jamaican plantation, in which she is forced to assist carry out horrific experiments and act as scribe under the eye of her owner, then to Victorian London, where Frannie is gifted to a colleague of her owner a Mr Benham.It opens in a courtroom and we are told Frannie is on trial for the double homicide of Mr and Mme Benham The reader is then taken through Frannie s account of the events leading up to the night of their deaths With touches of Margaret Atwood and Sarah Waters, the book provides a detailed account of the life of women of colour and also of so called women of quality white, privileged and educated and their struggles against the patriarchy in this period Or in the case of a woman of colour in those days, against society at large Sara Collins background as a lawyer no doubt had an influence on the writing here, as we search for evidence of Frannie s innocence or guilt of the crimes alleged It s also refreshing to read a story from this time from the perspective of a Jamaican woman I ve not read anything similar Indeed, the note to the reader from the author at the start of the book covers that very point.Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Books UK , Viking and Sara Collins for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Kate Goodman rated it it was amazing review of another edition What a debut Fantastic storytelling about a slave girl brought to England and her own story as she faces trial in Newgate for the murders of her employer and mistress.The characterisation was superb and I was intrigued by Frannie Brilliantly researched, the opium fug and murky fog of 1820s London enveloped me at every turn flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 14, 2018 Thebooktrail rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves books set in the caribbean, books set in london I realised when I finished reading this that it s not out till next year but it was that good I want to write my thoughts now.It s a great fresh voice in historical fiction Through the eyes of a maid from Jamaica accused of killing the couple she works for The opening scenes at the Old Bailey then flashes back to years earlier in a place called Paradise in Jamaica but of course that name is very misleading Much of the novel is also set in London and it s here that the trial of the century tak I realised when I finished reading this that it s not out till next year but it was that good I want to write my thoughts now.It s a great fresh voice in historical fiction Through the eyes of a maid from Jamaica accused of killing the couple she works for The opening scenes at the Old Bailey then flashes back to years earlier in a place called Paradise in Jamaica but of course that name is very misleading Much of the novel is also set in London and it s here that the trial of the century takes place The world s eyes are on Frannie and her fate it s also a story of two countries during a turbulent time.Very well researched and so authentic in every way with some VERY quotable phrases and brilliant turns of phrase The story moves quickly and I was dying to find out just who this girl was and what in fact she did or did not do That s just part of it thought the journey to that point is the most interesting account of slave life, a young girl s life trying to survive in unique conditions that I have read in a long while The dialect and accents of Jamaica come through loud and clear and events are so vivid, I couldn t take my eyes of it.Frannie Langton and her life in Jamaica is one which will stay with me for some time to come She is one of the most interesting characters, in one of the most complex of situations that I have met in a long while Get this on your list for April 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 02, 2018 Sharyn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a well written and engaging book and I thank Net Galley, the publishers and the author for the chance to read an ARC of this book It tells a tough story of slave life in Jamaica, and then in London Some parts could be a bit much for squeamish or sensitive readers But such things happened and are well documented I studied them during my History degree and are not overly described by Sara Collins, just there I won t mention any spoilers but I shall The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a well written and engaging book and I thank Net Galley, the publishers and the author for the chance to read an ARC of this book It tells a tough story of slave life in Jamaica, and then in London Some parts could be a bit much for squeamish or sensitive readers But such things happened and are well documented I studied them during my History degree and are not overly described by Sara Collins, just there I won t mention any spoilers but I shall probably buy the book when it is published as I would like to see the author s comments and reading list if she s included it I didn t really like or warm to any of the characters in the book but that did not stop me enjoying the journey I would imagine this appealing to readers who enjoyed The Kitchen House and similar black slave stories flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 George1st rated it really liked it review of another edition This was certainly both a gripping and deeply disturbing read and by the final deeply moving pages I was hoping against all hope that the central character Frannie Langton might against all the seemingly insurmountable odds survive and escape the unjustness of her plight The book starts in the London of 1826 where Frannie Langton who faces death for the double murder of Mr and Mrs Benham who s household she was a maid is writing her testimony for posterity.An uncomfortable read that although es This was certainly both a gripping and deeply disturbing read and by the final deeply moving pages I was hoping against all hope that the central character Frannie Langton might against all the seemingly insurmountable odds survive and escape the unjustness of her plight The book starts in the London of 1826 where Frannie Langton who faces death for the double murder of Mr and Mrs Benham who s household she was a maid is writing her testimony for posterity.An uncomfortable read that although essentially gothic in character still has an underlying basis of historical fact that for a modern British reader still has the power to shame and ask uncomfortable questions regarding our so called glorious past The book deals with issues of gender, class and above all race as we follow Frannie from the sugar plantations of Jamaica to the mean crowded streets of London It is to remembered that although the transportation of slaves was prohibited within the British Empire by the passing of the Slave Trade Act in 1807 slavery itself was not affected and would not be abolished until the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833 and even then there were exceptions Through Frannie s narrative we learn of the horror that she endured being not only the illegitimate daughter of a slave and the slave owning father but also her forced participation in her father s horrific early pioneering eugenic experiments That slavery existed so long after the so called enlightenment period was due not only to the wealth that was being created by it but also to the racist attitudes and beliefs ingrained through western society even by supposed reputable men of science This is how Frannie ends up in the household of one such man a former associate of her father There is a lot going on in the plot and Frannie transported to London has to adapt to another world where she again has no voice.Through slavery, servitude, prostitution and possible murder you will join Frannie on a roller coaster ride through the underside of a divided and immoral society In the end I could not put the book down as I desperately wanted to find out if Frannie did commit the murders, if so why and what would be her ultimate fate If you are looking for a strong willed and determined heroine up against the world then you will find her here flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Pam Sartain rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical, crime The Confessions of Frannie Langton is set in 1826, with Frannie Langton, a servant, is standing trial, charged with murdering her employers This book is her writing to her barrister, telling him her life story, with occasional cross examinations of witnesses during the trial thrown in.She tells us her story born a slave in Jamaica, she is Mr Langton s property, and so when he decides to take her to Britain with him, she has no choice but to follow We see her starting a new life in Britain, an The Confessions of Frannie Langton is set in 1826, with Frannie Langton, a servant, is standing trial, charged with murdering her employers This book is her writing to her barrister, telling him her life story, with occasional cross examinations of witnesses during the trial thrown in.She tells us her story born a slave in Jamaica, she is Mr Langton s property, and so when he decides to take her to Britain with him, she has no choice but to follow We see her starting a new life in Britain, and the relationships she has with her master, her mistress, and fellow servants And we see her in love with her mistress, how that love is returned, and how she can t remember what happened that fateful night, when she was found sleeping next to the dead body of her mistress.With settings like the sugar plantation in Jamaica, to a gentleman s home in Britain, this is all rife with discussions of slavery, racism, and opium, which you see all through the eyes of Frannie.I thought this was a compelling story, with Frannie as a fascinating character I wanted to know what had happened, and wasn t disappointed I would recommend this if you enjoy crime novels, and historical fiction The Confessions of Frannie Langton is out on 4th April 2019, and will be available on , and everywhere else you can find books I was given this book for free in return for an unbiased review, so my thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Book UK the publishers for this book flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Lel Budge rated it really liked it review of another edition This is set in 1820 s London and Frannie Langton is on trial accused of murder Poor Frannie cannot remember anything about awful night the murders were committed but she doesn t believe that she would have killed her mistress, as she loved her so muchof course she did.didn t she Frannie began as a slave on a sugar plantation in Jamaica and she has grown into a complex, interesting character with traits that are some good and some not so good She reminds me a little of Cora Burns from This is set in 1820 s London and Frannie Langton is on trial accused of murder Poor Frannie cannot remember anything about awful night the murders were committed but she doesn t believe that she would have killed her mistress, as she loved her so muchof course she did.didn t she Frannie began as a slave on a sugar plantation in Jamaica and she has grown into a complex, interesting character with traits that are some good and some not so good She reminds me a little of Cora Burns from The Conviction of Cora Burns.While languishing in Newgate prison, awaiting her trial, she passes the days writing down her life story, and we hear of the cruelty she has experienced on the plantation and elsewhere, a brutal and miserable life at times.I found this to be a brilliantly evocative, descriptive tale of the 1800 s world and London in particular Frannie is a strong, intelligent woman and a well rounded character and while I found this a little slow going at times it is compelling read, a historical fictional whodunnitbut is Frannie guilty.you ll just have to read it to find out I can thoroughly recommend it.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review flag Like see review Nov 23, 2018 Rebecca rated it really liked it review of another edition Anyone who has read even a few of the reviews on my site will know that I absolutely love novels set in the 19th Century, so when I saw this on NetGalley I knew immediately that I wanted to read it, and amazingly I was accepted And my god, it s a truly wonderful, awful book.It tells the story of Frannie, a mixed race Jamaican born house slave who is caught in the middle of the games played by white men She is educated and headstrong, and eventually transported to London to act as maid to a sci Anyone who has read even a few of the reviews on my site will know that I absolutely love novels set in the 19th Century, so when I saw this on NetGalley I knew immediately that I wanted to read it, and amazingly I was accepted And my god, it s a truly wonderful, awful book.It tells the story of Frannie, a mixed race Jamaican born house slave who is caught in the middle of the games played by white men She is educated and headstrong, and eventually transported to London to act as maid to a scientist and his French born wife What she suffers in each of these households is awful, and she eventually gets caught up in a love affair with Mrs Benham and opium Like many people in her situation, Frannie suffers the burden of being not white and a woman Through her we see and hear about awful things, and what happened in the coach house is like a car crash human nature means you re curious and want to know but the moment you see it you wish you hadn t.If there s one thing I understand about the moralities of Western people in the 19th Century is that they were in turmoil Science was progressing and it hadn t completely found a way to sit side by side with religious teaching yet This book is partly a clash of the two, and the awful things that were done to innocent people because of scientific curiosity.The settings are captured perfectly from the languorous heat of the plantation, the foggy stench of London, to the dirty violent confines of Newgate I was reading this at the same time as The Unseeing, the story of another woman trapped in Newgate and I couldn t help but seeing these narratives over lap the stories of women brought to Newgate because of terrible reasons and I couldn t help but wonder, how much of the crime that bought them there was immoral and how much was due to circumstances beyond their control This book is not necessarily about the crime, the murder, but about all those awful things that came before.In the same vein as The Unseeing, this novel asks the questions of whether guilt of complicity is punishment enough or whether the law still has an duty to formal punishment What is just This is a definitely must for fans of Sarah Waters, Andrea Levy and Anna Mazzola, and I m tipping this to be talked about by everyone in 2019 flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Sarah rated it liked it review of another edition The detail in the book suggests a real passion for researching social history and the author doesn t shy away from uncomfortable truths concerning the scientific research of the time, a slaves life the sugar cane farms and later London and the role that was dictated to women in society Unfortunately I felt that this got on the way of a good story, there seemed to be so many issues shoehorned between the pages, that the actual plot felt underdeveloped and the pace of the book stumbled in a few The detail in the book suggests a real passion for researching social history and the author doesn t shy away from uncomfortable truths concerning the scientific research of the time, a slaves life the sugar cane farms and later London and the role that was dictated to women in society Unfortunately I felt that this got on the way of a good story, there seemed to be so many issues shoehorned between the pages, that the actual plot felt underdeveloped and the pace of the book stumbled in a few places Similarly the characters suffered as a result I found it incredibly difficult to read about Frannie s life and experiences, but she never felt real to me Overall it just wasn t one for me My thanks go to the publishers for the advanced copy in return for an honest review flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Julie rated it it was ok review of another edition I have to say I was looking forward to reading this book based on the description, but if I hadn t received an advance copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I would have stopped reading this half way through It just wasn t for me, I found the pace very slow and the end just seemed to fizzle out, rather than revealing anything new or surprising I like the genre of historical fiction but in my opinion the author needs to up the pace in future novel to retain the readers i I have to say I was looking forward to reading this book based on the description, but if I hadn t received an advance copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I would have stopped reading this half way through It just wasn t for me, I found the pace very slow and the end just seemed to fizzle out, rather than revealing anything new or surprising I like the genre of historical fiction but in my opinion the author needs to up the pace in future novel to retain the readers interest flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Buddys_Momma rated it it was amazing review of another edition So I preordered this book when I first heard about it late last year Found myself looking on a used book website and found the title it was an ARC, which i thought people weren t allowed to sell, but I read the book and really enjoyed it I still plan to purchase a finished copy when it s released this spring and will be getting the UK edition, as I like the cover art far better than the US version pictured here flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Michael Cayley rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction Brought up as a slave in Jamaica, and brought to England as a servant, Frannie is tried for a double murder The bulk of the book is the memoirs she writes in prison.I am afraid the book did not really work for me It is well researched, but for the most part slow paced, and read for me like thinly fictionalised social history than a novel.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me have an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 14, 2018 Dalia Akar rated it it was amazing review of another edition Absolutely loved reading this delicious gem of a book that kept me on my toes with twists and surprises I am blown away by the writing, every sentence is like a peice of rich dark chocolate I wanted to read it as slowly as possible so that I wouldn t miss a thing, but by about half way I just raced through it I couldn t wait to find out what happens to Frannie Even after finishing it I found myself still thinking about her.A mix of history, love, sadness, victory, injustice, shock, tenderne Absolutely loved reading this delicious gem of a book that kept me on my toes with twists and surprises I am blown away by the writing, every sentence is like a peice of rich dark chocolate I wanted to read it as slowly as possible so that I wouldn t miss a thing, but by about half way I just raced through it I couldn t wait to find out what happens to Frannie Even after finishing it I found myself still thinking about her.A mix of history, love, sadness, victory, injustice, shock, tenderness, all the good things in one novel Loved it, can t recommend it highly enough I hope we see it on the big screen flag Like see review Dec 05, 2018 Sue Frances rated it liked it review of another edition Review to follow nearer publication day flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Brianna Benton rated it really liked it A tale of how Frannie Langton came from slavery and ended up in a jail cell Although the pacing is slower than I normally read, the plot was so intriguing that it pulled you into the story I really started to enjoy the story once Frannie was at the Benham estate The relationships in this story are complex and ultimately intriguing The story is told mainly through long flashbacks with case files and moments from the trial weaved between This is a book I recommend you pick up once it s publis A tale of how Frannie Langton came from slavery and ended up in a jail cell Although the pacing is slower than I normally read, the plot was so intriguing that it pulled you into the story I really started to enjoy the story once Frannie was at the Benham estate The relationships in this story are complex and ultimately intriguing The story is told mainly through long flashbacks with case files and moments from the trial weaved between This is a book I recommend you pick up once it s published in May flag Like see review Kyra Bloom rated it really liked it Jan 22, 2019 Danuel rated it liked it Nov 03, 2017 Dec 16, 2018 sarah lerigo rated it liked it review of another edition Found this read very slow until probably halfway through when it started to pick up.Think the author is an extremely strong writer, with powerful characters and dramatic story telling.Overall this is a good book, it just took to long for me to get into.Thank you netgalley, Penguin, and Sara Collins for allowing me to read and review this book flag Like see review Julie rated it it was amazing Jan 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        Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent She studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before doing a Master of Studies in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, where she was the recipient of the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize for Creative Writing She lives in London, England The Confessions of Frannie Langton is her debut novel, and was shortlisted for Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent She studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before doing a Master of Studies in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, where she was the recipient of the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize for Creative Writing She lives in London, England The Confessions of Frannie Langton is her debut novel, and was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize


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    1. London, circa 1820, and servant Frannie Langton is on trial accused of murdering her Master and Mistress The problem is that she can t remember anything about that fateful night, however, she can t believe that she d murder her mistress, she loved her too much to hurt her, didn t she Frannie has come a long way since her days as a slave on the sugar plantation in Jamaica, not just in terms of geographical distance but in terms of her life s journey too This complex character wears many labels Lo [...]


    2. 3.5 starsThe good stuff Collins shows tremendous skill in giving her characters voices Phibbah with her Jamaican accent sounds completely different from Frannie who teaches herself to speak proper English, and whose speech is peppered with similes that actually work Also the first part of the narrative set on a slave plantation in Jamaica manages to disrupt the story we ve heard many times before yes, slavery is horrific, but the literary representation of it can get repetitive I had s 3.5 stars [...]


    3. You cannot feel but very, very sorry for Frances Langton, who did nothing wrong but being who she is Born at a plantation in Jamaica of a white man and one of his niggers sometime around 1800, she is, in a time and place where black people are still considered a sort of sub human race, an abomination in the eyes of white nd black people We read her story as she writes it down while being in prison, accused of murder Slowly, very slowly we learn how absolutely horrible white people treated You ca [...]


    4. This was a great read for me as I enjoyed Frannie s complex character so much and it s a deep and disturbing novel It makes up, with Frannies personality, what it lacks somewhat in graphic detail, this book leaves much, often too much, to the imagination, so much that often I wasn t completely sure I was clear what was happening Some of this is inevitable and intentional, drugs are quite heavily involved which has an impact on Frannies memories and reminiscences, causing a deliberate haziness Th [...]


    5. I know how hard author goes to produce a book But for me personally, The Confessions of Frannie Langton just wasn t for me.It s 1826 at there are crowds at Old Bailey, watching Frannie Langton on trial for the murder of Mr and Mrs Benham She was their housemaid Brought from a sugar plantation from Jamaica Her mother one of the slaves, her father a white man The story describes the history of the slave trade and what it is like to live as one in them times.The story was well researched and I know [...]


    6. A servant and former slave stands trial for the murder of her employer and his wife but did she do it Even Frannie doesn t know She can t anything from that fateful evening What she remembers clearly is the journey that took her there While in prison, Frannie jots down her autobiography, from her earlier years as a house slave on a Jamaican plantation through her journey to London, life as a servant for the most brilliant life in England, a prostitute in the underbelly of the city It A servant a [...]


    7. I know how hard author goes to produce a book But for me personally, The Confessions of Frannie Langton just wasn t for me.It s 1826 at there are crowds at Old Bailey, watching Frannie Langton on trial for the murder of Mr and Mrs Benham She was their housemaid Brought from a sugar plantation from Jamaica Her mother one of the slaves, her father a white man The story describes the history of the slave trade and what it is like to live as one in them times.The story was well researched and I know [...]


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