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Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 07/09/2023
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The Fraud
Hidden histories and the power of the pen.
This is an intelligent, fascinating, moving and often hilarious historical novel from Zadie Smith. It brings to life the true, rather mind boggling story o... READ MORE
Jo at Greenwich
The Fraud
Wonderfully written, an intricate and fantastic story
I absolutely loved this novel! It's no secret that Zadie Smith is a fantastic author, and her first historical novel is just fantastic. Her ability to pain... READ MORE
Amoy Daley, Waterstones Leamington Spa
The Fraud
Early proof, subject to change
Thanks to PRH, for a very early proof copy. Because of that I cannot guote anything from the book but I can say that we have waited a while for a new Zadie... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
The Fraud
Vivid and moving
This is the first Zadie Smith I've read and it didn't disappoint! Her characters are wonderfully complex and interesting, and I enjoyed spending time in th... READ MORE
Miranda

Synopsis

The extraordinary first historical novel from bestselling author of White Teeth Zadie Smith It is 1873. Mrs Eliza Touchet is the Scottish housekeeper - and cousin by marriage - of a once famous novelist, now in decline, William Ainsworth, with whom she has lived for thirty years. Mrs Touchet is a woman of many interests: literature, justice, abolitionism, class, her cousin, his wives, this life and the next. But she is also sceptical. She suspects her cousin of having no talent; his successful friend, Mr Charles Dickens, of being a bully and a moralist; and England of being a land of facades, in which nothing is quite what it seems. Andrew Bogle meanwhile grew up enslaved on the Hope Plantation, Jamaica. He knows every lump of sugar comes at a human cost. That the rich deceive the poor. And that people are more easily manipulated than they realise. When Bogle finds himself in London, star witness in a celebrated case of imposture, he knows his future depends on telling the right story. The 'Tichborne Trial' captivates Mrs Touchet and all of England. Is Sir Roger Tichborne really who he says he is? Or is he a fraud? Mrs Touchet is a woman of the world. Mr Bogle is no fool. But in a world of hypocrisy and self-deception, deciding what is real proves a complicated task... Based on real historical events, The Fraud is a dazzling novel about truth and fiction, Jamaica and Britain, fraudulence and authenticity, and the mystery of 'other people.'

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 2928377172862
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 750g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 40 mm

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The Fraud
The Willesden claimant takes on the Victorian novel
On many fronts: she takes on the length - this book is a sizeable 450 pages, divided period style into a number of volumes. She takes on the novelists them... READ MORE
Trevelyan wright
The Fraud
A Clever & Interesting Historical Novel
Zadie Smith’s first historical novel is loosely based on the life of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, who in the 1830’s was as popular as... READ MORE
Jill Thomson
The Fraud
A Staggering Accomplishment
I expect prizes for this one. A detailed and staggering book about Victorian England from the perspective of Mrs Touchet, cousin and lover of a mostly forg... READ MORE
Mabel
The Fraud
Victorian tour-de-force, Zadie Smith's trademark wit and intelligence
The Fraud by Zadie Smith Smith's first foray into historical fiction, and what better period to exercise her particular brand of "hysterical realism" than... READ MORE
RitaCantStopReading
The Fraud
Staccato Chapters are a bit of a trial
I don't know what to make of this book. It feels disjointed because it flits through time in short, clipped chapters. If this is literary aspiration, it ... READ MORE
John  Gilligan
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Amazing
A brilliant writer is at the height of her powers here.
Mabel
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Looking forward to reading it
A friend has recommended this. She really enjoyed it. I’ve not had a chance to read yet.
Manchester Deansgate