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Washington Black

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 432
Subject: Fiction

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

A stunning new novel of slavery and freedom by the author of the Man Booker and Orange Prize shortlisted Half Blood Blues

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781846689598 (Published 30 Aug 2018)

About the book

When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. The eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him.

Titch's idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger. They escape the island together, but then then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible.

From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy wastes of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness and mystery of life. Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is the extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.

About the author

Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor-General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize, and the Orange Prize. Washington Black will be published in August 2018. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.


Washington Black is nothing short of a masterpiece. Esi Edugyan has a rare talent for turning over little known stones of history and giving her reader a new lens on the world, a new way of understanding subject matter we arrogantly think we know everything about. This book is an epic adventure and a heartfelt tale about love and morality and their many contradictions. I loved it.

- Attica Locke

Praise for Half Blood Blues: A thrilling story about truth and betrayal ... a brilliant, fast-moving novel

- Kate Saunders, The Times

Edugyan really can write ... redemptive

- Guardian

Assured, vivid and persuasive... Impressively evocative of period and place

- Time Out

Edugyan never stumbles with her storytelling, not over one sentence

- Independent

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 432
Subject: Fiction

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