Jane Harris’s third novel is both a heart-breaking trip into our troubled colonial past, and a stunning act of literary ventriloquism.
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE HISTORICAL WRITING ASSOCIATION GOLD CROWN AWARD
Based on a remarkable and little-known true story.
Martinique, 1765, and brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master with a mission. They must return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back forty-two slaves claimed by English invaders. While Lucien, barely in his teens, sees the trip as a great adventure, the older and worldlier Emile has no illusions of the true dangers they will face . . .
Outstanding . . . Jane Harris pitches you headfirst into this outstanding, heartbreaking story of siblings, slavery and the savagery of the colonial past.
One of my favourite books of the year, Jane Harris’s exuberant yet often desperate Sugar Money also told of the silenced, in this case by slavery. Only in the joy and power of language did they experience freedom.
A thrilling adventure.
Harris builds a lush sense of place, and the pace and tension of a rip-roaring adventure here, with derring-do and double-crossing.
Through masterful detail, Harris shows the dehumanisation of the brothers and their fellow slaves . . . Beautifully cadenced.
Rip-roaring adventure and unspeakable tragedy . . . However, it’s Lucien’s voice that steals the show.
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