Author: Smith, Zadie
United Kingdom, Great Britain
Published on 7 September 2023 by Penguin Books Ltd (Hamish Hamilton Ltd) in the United Kingdom.
Hardback | 464 pages
166 x 244 x 47 | 692g
Book of the Year 2023 according to New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, Economist, Observer, The Spectator, Financial Times, Vogue, The Times, The Oldie, i Paper, The Standard, Washington Post, Independent, Daily ExpressSHOTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023SHORTLISTED FOR THE WRITERSâ€™ PRIZE FOR FICTION 2024ONE OF SARAH JESSICA PARKERâ€™S BEST BOOKS OF 2023â€˜A writer at the peak of her powersâ€™ The TelegraphTruth and fiction. Jamaica and Britain. Who gets to tell their story? Zadie Smith returns with her first historical novel.
Kilburn, 1873. The 'Tichborne Trial' has captivated the widowed Scottish housekeeper Mrs Eliza Touchet and all of England. Readers are at odds over whether the defendant is who he claims to be - or an imposter.
Mrs Touchet is a woman of many interests: literature, justice, abolitionism, class, her novelist cousin and his wives, this life and the next. But she is also sceptical. She suspects England of being a land of faÃ§ades, in which nothing is quite what it seems.
Andrew Bogle meanwhile finds himself the star witness, his future depending on telling the right story. Growing 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.
Based on real historical events, The Fraud is a dazzling novel about how in a world of hypocrisy and self-deception, deciding what's true can prove a complicated task.
â€˜Itâ€™s difficult to give any idea of how extraordinary this book is. One of the great historical novels, certainly. But has any historical novel ever combined such brilliantly researched and detailed history with such intensely imagined fiction? Or such a range of living, breathing, surprising characters with such an idiosyncratically structured narrative?â€™ Michael Fraynâ€˜As always it is a pleasure to be in Zadie Smithâ€™s mind, which, as time goes on, is becoming contiguous with London itself. Dickens may be dead, but Smith, thankfully, is aliveâ€™ New York Timesâ€˜Zadie Smithâ€™s Victorian-set masterpiece holds a mirror up to Britain . . . The Fraud is the genuine articleâ€™ Independentâ€˜Smithâ€™s dazzling historical novel combines deft writing and strenuous construction in a tale of literary London and the horrors of slaveryâ€™ Guardian