The Fraud (Signed Edition)

Zadie Smith

£9.99

A kaleidoscopic work of historical fiction set against the legal trial that divided Victorian England, about who deserves to tell their story – and about who deserves to be believed.

Paperback

ISBN: 9780241983096

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Truth and fiction.

Jamaica and Britain.

Who gets to tell their story?

In her first historical novel, Zadie Smith transports the reader to a Victorian England transfixed by the real-life trial of the Tichborne Claimant, in which a cockney butcher, recently returned from Australia, lays claim to the Tichborne baronetcy, with his former slave Andrew Bogle as star witness.

Watching the proceedings, and with her own story to tell, is Eliza Touchet – cousin, housekeeper and perhaps more – to failing novelist William Harrison Ainsworth.

From literary London to the Jamaica’s sugar-cane plantations, Zadie Smith weaves an enthralling story linking the rich and the poor, the free and the enslaved, and the comic and the tragic.

It’s difficult to give any idea of how extraordinary this book is. One of the great historical novels, certainly. But has any historical novel ever combined such brilliantly researched and detailed history with such intensely imagined fiction?’ – Michael Frayn

As always it is a pleasure to be in Zadie Smith’s mind…Dickens may be dead, but Smith, thankfully, is alive’ – New York Times

Zadie Smith’s Victorian-set masterpiece holds a mirror up to Britain…The Fraud is the genuine article’ – Independent

Smith’s dazzling historical novel combines deft writing and strenuous construction in a tale of literary London and the horrors of slavery’ – Guardian

 

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm