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'The Confessions of Frannie Langton', winner of the 2019 Costa First Novel Award is a dark gothic mysery, set in Georgian London and the plantations of Jamaica. It has a voice that leaps off the page and this is what Sophia wanted to talk to Sara about. They discuss how she undertook her research, the importance of reading Regency novels in your teens, and The Confessions’s tremendous success from the moment it was published.

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Show Notes

Sara has an exceptional talent for describing the craft of writing, so when the first attempt at recording the podcast didn’t work Sophia was determined to try again. This time it went better. Sara Collins was a lawyer for seventeen years before she embarked on a Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University. While there, she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize. So it is perhaps not surprising that the book she began writing then ended up winning the 2019 Costa First Novel Award. She is now working on the screenplay of the book.

Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.
(Sara Collins image credit: Justine Stoddard).

Links to resources: 

The Confessions of Frannie Langton: (UK) (US)

Sara on Twitter:

The Costa First Novel Award:

Agent, Nelle Andrew at PFD:

The Oprah magazine:

Discussion by Emma Darwin of Rose Tremain’s essay ‘The First Mystery’, in which she talks about reimagining experience and research:

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