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Smith, Zadie: The Fraud

The Instant Sunday Times Bestseller

'A writer at the peak of her powers' The Telegraph

Truth and fiction. Jamaica and Britain. Who gets to tell their story? Zadie Smith returns with her first historical novel.

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.'

'As always it is a pleasure to be in Zadie Smith's mind, which, as time goes on, is becoming contiguous with London itself. Dickens may be dead, but Smith, thankfully, is alive' New York Times

'Zadie Smith's Victorian-set masterpiece holds a mirror up to Britain . . . The Fraud is the genuine article' Independent

'Smith's dazzling historical novel combines deft writing and strenuous construction in a tale of literary London and the horrors of slavery' Guardian


Trade Paperback
Artikelnummer: 978-0-241-33700-4
Fr. 29.50
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Autor Smith, Zadie
Verlag Random House UK
Einband Kartonierter Einband (Kt)
Erscheinungsjahr 2023
Seitenangabe 464 S.
Meldetext Lieferbar in 24 Stunden
Ausgabekennzeichen Englisch
Masse H23.4 cm x B15.4 cm x D3.8 cm 560 g
Coverlag Hamish Hamilton (Imprint/Brand)
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