I love a good book and so am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Confessions of Frannie Langton which is out now! I’ve been reading a lot lately and really enjoy historical fiction so I knew I would enjoy this.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
Slave. Whore. Seductress. Murderer?
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.
About the author
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 for Recreative 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 Confession of Frannie Langton.
A fantastic gothic novel
So what did I think? Well I just loved reading The confessions of Frannie Langton. It’s such a fantastic novel, packed with gothic tropes such as death, melodramatic women (Miss-bella and Madame), burdened male protagonists (Langton and Mr Benham) and a damsel in distress (Frannie Langton). It’s much more than just a modern take on the gothic novel. Frannie challenges our notion of a heroine with her experiences of slavery in Jamaica and London, her love of books, and outspokenness.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins was published by Viking, priced £12.99 in Hardback. A blog tour is taking place all week to celebrate publication so check out the other participants or search for #FrannieLangton on social: