111 | Tea and Tattle with Sara Collins
Listen to Episode 111: Tea & Tattle with Sara Collins
Set in Jamaica and London in the early 19th Century, The Confessions of Frannie Langton begins with a trial at London’s Old Bailey: the eponymous Frannie, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, is charged with murdering her master and mistress.
Suffering from shock, Frannie is unable to remember the immediate events that led up to the deaths, but is certain she couldn’t have killed Mrs Benham, whom she loved. Intent on telling her story, Frannie begins to write down her testimony, begging her defending barrister to read and share it. Beginning with her life as a slave on a Jamaican plantation, Frannie goes on to explain how she first arrived in London, became a maid to Mrs Benham, and - finally - the dreadful events that culminated in her arrest and trial.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton is an extraordinary page-turner of a novel that reignites Gothic literature and adds a vital voice to the canon of literary heroines. The book has been praised widely since its release in the UK and has already been featured in Oprah Magazine, in anticipation of its American publication on the 21st of May. The Confessions of Frannie Langton is also currently being adapted for a television series, which I’m very excited about and can’t wait to see, as I know this novel will be absolutely brilliant dramatised.
I had such a fascinating chat with Sara about her book and why she felt compelled to write it, and I know that Tea & Tattle listeners will really enjoy this conversation too.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins.
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