Ahead of the release of A Promised Land, the first volume of Barack Obama's presidential memoirs, The Confessions of Frannie Langton author Sara Collins reflects on what his 2008 election meant to a generation of people all around the world.
From Francine Toon to Daisy Johnson and Sara Collins, recent fiction has been filled with a sense of the otherworldly. Why have so many women writers turned to horror tropes, and what does it tell us?
We asked five Penguin authors whose work explores racism, in fiction and nonfiction, to share the books they feel are crucial to understanding – and then acting on – racial injustice at home and worldwide.
The generation of Caribbean migrants who helped rebuild post-war Britain between 1948 and 1971 have been in the news repeatedly since a 2018 scandal which saw many of them wrongly deported. Here Sara Collins, the award-winning author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton, offers a reading list of books that help define their experience.
Penguin Random House authors win three of the five categories – Best Novel, Best First Novel and Biography. All three authors will be in the running to win 2019 Costa Book of the Year.
We speak to the Costa Book Award-winner about her love of Toni Morrison, the pain of the writing process and her fondness of pistachio gelato.
Spanning across five categories, the nominated books range from memoirs, first novels and the very best in poetry.
For Black History Month, our BAME colleague group, Colour[full], are celebrating their favourite work by Black writers from the Penguin Random House collection; from recent titles to some older must-reads from our archives.
A passion for Gothic novels led debut author Sara Collins to write her heroine out of slavery and into the heart of Georgian London in The Confessions of Frannie Langton.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton follows the maid of Mr and Mrs Benham, Frannie Langton, as she is put on trial for their murder. But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?
Sara Collins studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years. In 2014 she embarked upon the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University, where she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for a book inspired by her love of gothic fiction. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.
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