The Confessions of Frannie Langton
'A book of heart, soul and guts...beautifully written, lushly evocative, and righteously furious. Frannie might be a 19th century character, but she is also a heroine for our times' Elizabeth Day
'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...more
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 ...more
No one knows the worst thing they’re capable of until they do it.London, 1826. We know that George and Marguerite Benham are dead. We know that their mulatta Jamaica servant, Frannie Langton, has been charged with two counts of murder and is facing ...more
I never would have done what they say I’ve done, to Madame, because I loved her. Yet they say I must be put to death for it, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don’t believe I’ve done?
Terrific- well written thought provoking novel. It’s a fairy new release ... great kindle price!
“Noir fiction is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre, with distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include a self destructive protagonist”.
Frannie Langton, (mulatta, house-girl on a sugar plantation in Jamaica to a bought slave, ‘Abigail’ ...more
Frannie had refused or was unable to discuss what ...more
Sara Collins sets her story down among the fields of Plantation Paradise in Jamaica in 1825. Don't be misled. This is hardly a paradise. The owners see to that at every turn. John Langton and his wife, Miss Bella, run their plantation with an iron fist. Miss Bella is ill-suited for life in Jamaica. The intense heat, the random storms, and the complete isolation will spark her ...more
The 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 ...more
The plot was confusing, as well as disjointed. I felt like Collins didn't know where exactly she wanted to take this story, and for me, it just didn't work.
The characters were not developed adequately enough, and I just didn't care about any ...more
The Mulatta Murderess, as people of London call Frannie Langton, is on trial for a murder of Mr. and Mrs. Bunham. The reader gets to know Frannie’s past and the circumstances that led her inside of 1820s England’s courtroom through Frannie’s confessions, which she writes to her lawyer. She leads us on a painful, horrifying, and truly unnerving journey of her life, from living as a house-girl on a Jamaican plantation to her life in London, as a “secretary” to Meg Bunham. ...more
This is, as the title suggests, fictional Frannie Langton's autobiography of her life. She begins her tale in sun-ripened Jamaica, as a slave on a sugar plantation, and ends it in rain-soaked London, on trial for the murder of her employers. The reader is ...more
The book is merged with compulsion, lies and murder. It has a very complexed story that follow Frannie a brave and clever girl which survives lots of awful things, topics that were elaborated in a perfect way!
Sara has written a really powerful debut which describes the story of the slave trade and ...more
I could not help but make comparisons to ...more
“But this is a story of love, not just murder, though I know that’s not the kind of story you’re expecting. In truth, no one expected any kind of story from a woman like me. No doubt you’ll think this will be one of those slave histories, all sugared over with misery and despair. But who’s wanting to read one of those. No, this is just my account of myself and my own life and the happiness that came to it, which was not a thing I thought I’d ever be allowed, the happiness or the account.”
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pub. Date: May 21, 2019
Martie's Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
This novel is good, unusual, but not unusually good, although it could have been. There may be too much going on, which I will get to, but at its center is a gripping narrative about a female servant in England who was a former Jamaican slave. In 1826, she is accused of the brutal double murder of her employer and his wife,George and Marguerite Benham. The first half of the tale is written so ...more
Sometimes I struggle with historical fiction when the prose is a bit more dense, and that was the ...more
Through the written confession of a slave, a maid, we find out whether or not she committed the murder that she is being tried and convicted of. Frannie Langton has been accused of killing the woman she loves - a wealthy woman whose illness puts her in frail state. Not to mention her addiction to opiates.
Educated by her Jamaican 'Massa' so that she could help with his experiments on his slave population, he then 'gifted' her to his London scientific-writing partner in crime. Once she ...more
It was pretty much a given that I was going to love this book, considering that it’s been described a mix of Alias Grace, Beloved and Wide Sargasso Sea (even if I didn’t enjoy the latter as much as the former two), and with a dash of Sarah Waters thrown in for good measure, The Confessions of Frannie Langton was pretty much a roaring success for me!
Set in 1826, Frannie Langton is awaiting trial, accused of murdering her master and mistress in a bloody frenzy. As a ‘slave, whore and ...more
The Confessions of Frannie Langton is the BookOfCinz Book Club pick for July. I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading this novel and I highly suggest you give this stunning debut a read.
First Read March 2019
That’s always been my trouble. Never knowing my place or being content in it.- Frannie Langston
The Confessions of Frannie Langton is Sara Collins debut novel set to be released on May 19th, 2019, I recommend you pre-order now because it is an amazing read!
Frannie Langston ...more
“Only two types of white people in this world, chile, the ones doing shit to you and the ones wanting you to tell them ’bout the shit them other ones did.”
Many thanks to a Penguin and Netgalley for an arc of this book.
‘They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess.'
The Confessions of Frannie Langton is the unbelievable debut novel by Sara Collins. Just published with Viking Books (Penguin) it is described ‘as a remarkable literary debut’
1820s London plays host to the trial of the century, as former Jamaican slave, Frannie Langton is tried for the murder of her boss and his wife, their bodies discovered in pools of blood in their home. Frannie has ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more