Emily Harris, a glamorous young English actress, arrives in America in 1859. There, she meets and falls in love with a charming southern gentleman, Charles Earl Brook. But shortly after they are married, Emily discovers that Charles has kept a terrible secret from her. The Brooks are slave-owners and Emily is forced to travel to the deep south where Charles keeps seven hundred men, women and children in abject poverty. As civil war breaks out, Emily's world becomes increasingly dangerous and she realises that her growing friendship with the slaves could cost her everything she has ever loved.
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Sanjida O'Connell is a TV presenter and producer. She is the author of five previous books, two novels, Theory of Mind and Angel Bird, written in her early twenties and three works of non-fiction, Mindreading: How we Learn to Love and Lie, Sugar: The Grass that Changed the World and Nature's Calendar. She also has a PhD in Theory of Mind.Review:
'Pitch-perfect settings . . . Sugar Island is a terrific read, an enlightening, dark, deeply emotional and satisfying novel' * Historical Novel Society * 'One of the ten books to look forward to in 2011' * Irish Post * 'A diverting read' * Irish Examiner * 'A well-researched and sensitive story evoking a "twisted version of paradise". O'Connell writes with passion' * Oxford Times * 'Beautifully written, the contrasts between the luxurious life of the rich and the horrific, cruel lives of their slaves are vividly recorded and stay in the memory for a long time' * Press Association * 'This thought-provoking book is based on a true story . . . well-written and moving, though at times it is uncomfortable reading. This is partly due to the descriptions that make us feel as if we are actually witnessing the events and experiencing the places. The author . . . is to be congratulated on her excellent research and her ability to translate it into such a gripping and informative novel' * Yorkshire Gazette * 'Completely absorbing . . . A surprise delight that will please romantics with a conscience hugely' * City AM * 'An absorbing novel inspired by the life of the famous English actress and writer Fanny Kemble, with a good helping of imagination thrown in. It's gripping, entertaining and entirely on the side of the angels' * The Times *
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Book Description ISIS Large Print Books, 2012. Book Condition: Very Good. Large type edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP80392932