Washington Black: Shortlisted For the Man Booker Prize 2018

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When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black – an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life – is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde – naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist – whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018WINNER OF THE GILLER PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2020FINALIST FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL AND THE ROGERS WRITERS TRUST FICTION PRIZELONGLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE 2019New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year 2018Sunday Times Paperback of the Year 2019’A masterpiece’ Attica Locke’Strong, beautiful and beguiling’ Observer’Destined to become a future classic … that rare book that should appeal to every kind of reader’ GuardianWhen 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.

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Weight 0.358 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.6 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

419

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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