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The Fraud

Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 07/09/2023
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The Fraud
The perfect slow build that crescendos beautifully.
Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book. My favourite Zadie Smith novel to date. I loved the historical truths and relevance and fe... READ MORE
Chloë at Cheltenham Waterstones

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: 9780241336991
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 680g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 42 mm

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The Fraud
A dazzling historical novel..
The Fraud” is Smith’s first historical novel. She cleverly creates a perfect Victorian novel, employing modern ideas. That results in a comprehensive blen... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The Fraud
An extraordinary work of historical literary fiction
My thanks to Penguin Group U.K. Hamish Hamilton for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Fraud’ by Zadie Smith. I complemented my reading with its unabridged audi... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
The Fraud
Fascinating
The Fraud is well-researched historical fiction set in Victorian England, based on the lives of several real people. We follow Eliza Touchet, the cousin... READ MORE
Verity Halliday
The Fraud
Clever, Smart and Funny
Zadie Smith's first historical novel is wonderful. It's nice to see Willesden being represented, even in Victorian times. The novel takes as its inspiratio... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley