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  • Much more than just a catalogue of horrors... James Walvin is extraordinarily alert to the contradictions within the human heart... Walvin is never blind to the horrors of slavery, nor to the responsibility of individuals for their actions. But he recognises that the world was different then and that the institution of slavery encouraged individual acts of evil that would otherwise never have occurred

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • Taken together, their stories provide a remarkably intimate insider's perspective on the slave trade, and give us some sense of its staggering human cost

    Michael Kerrigan, Scotsman
  • How did Britain, the 'slave trading poacher' of the 18th century, transform herself into the 'abolitionist game-keeper' of the 19th century?... James Walvin, a renowned historian of black people in Britain, finds answers to this mystery in the lives of three men who contributed, sometimes unwittingly, to the demise of a seemingly unassailable evil

    Esther Godfrey, Daily Telegraph
  • James Walvin here addresses the enormity of the slave trade by looking in depth at three individuals inextricably bound up in it

    London Review of Books
  • A remarkable and gripping story, asking profound questions


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