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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The author of the Man Booker-shortlisted Half Blood Blues presents on this occasion a novel featuring an eleven-year-old field slave finding himself as personal assistant to an eccentric English explorer and abolitionist, setting in motion a sequence of events that see young Washington take on a world-spanning journey.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

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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 them. 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 together, but then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible.

Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is an extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.

Weight 350 g
Dimensions 197 × 131 × 27 mm
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Praise

A masterpiece

Attica Locke, author of Bluebird Bluebird

Strong, beautiful and beguiling

Observer

Destined to become a future classic … that rare book that should appeal to every kind of reader

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Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan is the author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.