Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad Colson WhiteheadOne of the best books I’ve read this year. Colson Whitehead takes readers through some of terrible injustices heaped upon slaves in America.

The Underground Railroad is a well-written mixture of history and magical realism. The violence, racism and murder mean it isn’t light reading but I’m glad I picked up this story. Continue reading “Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead”

Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black Esi EdugyanWelcome to my first review of 2019! Washington Black is an outstanding book to start the year. Esi Edugyan has created a genre-defying novel that veers between slave narrative and fantastical adventure with a dash of steampunk thrown in.   Continue reading “Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan”

Sugar Money by Jane Harris

Sugar MoneyLRThis terrifying tale of exploitation was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Loosely based on a real story, it describes an escape attempt made by a group of slaves in 1765. Tragically, they weren’t making a bid for freedom. Conditions in Grenada were so horrific under the invading British they aimed to return to their far-from-kind French former owners. Continue reading “Sugar Money by Jane Harris”