Sara Collins in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Saturday 21 September 2019

Part of the 2019 Brontë Festival of Women's Writing

Part of the 2019 Brontë Festival of Women's Writing

Described as “lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive”, The Confessions of Frannie Langton was released to great acclaim in April, and its author Sara Collins was selected by the Guardian as one of the most hotly-tipped debut novelists of 2019.
 
Toni Morrison once stated that “If there’s a book you want to read that hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Sara Collins draws on the passion and emotion of Jane Eyre to create a “pitch-perfect” gothic novel inhabited by a wholly new and compelling creation in the character of Frannie Langton, a girl whose story begins as she learns to read as a slave on a plantation in Jamaica, travels to a grand house in London and ends on trial for murder at the Old Bailey.
 
Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years in Cayman, before admitting that what she really wanted to do was write novels. She studied Creative Writing at Cambridge University, winning the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize, and began to write a book inspired by the idea of 'writing a Gothic novel where the heroine looked like me'. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.

Event included in Festival Weekend Pass

 
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