by Esi Edugyan
When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, 11-year-old slave Washington Black finds himself selected as personal servant to one of the men. To his surprise, Christopher ‘Titch’ Wilde is an eccentric naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist and wants Washington to help him create the perfect aerial machine. But when these plans are shattered, they escape the island together and embark on a life-changing journey, especially for Washington, who is soon left alone and with more freedom than he ever dreamed possible. Shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, this is a thrilling globetrotting tale of the horrors of slavery, truth, betrayal, love and redemption, and a perfect evocation of time and place. From Barbados to the Canadian Arctic, to the earliest aquariums of London, and the deserts of Morocco. In this coming of age story, Washington Black realises that escape is only the beginning of his epic adventure. A compelling historical novel.
Matakana Village Books