Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Blood & Sugar

May 6, 2021
Historical detective novel
600 pages
140 × 210 mm
9782264077868
978-2-2640-7786-8
Translated from English by Pascale Haas

Collection “Grands détectives”

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Blood & Sugar
Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Blood & Sugar

London, 1781. Sugar cane has a price: that of blood.

June 1781. A body is hung from a hook on the Deptford wharf: the man was horribly tortured and bears the mark of slaves.
A few days later, Captain Harry Corsham—a war hero embarking on a promising parliamentary career—is visited by an old friend’s sister. His brother, Tad Archer, a passionate abolitionist, was on the verge of unveiling a dangerous secret with far-reaching consequences for the slave trade industry. A secret capable of abolishing slavery.

To find out what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to go back up the threads of his friend’s investigation, digging into the heart of the conspiracy that Tad had uncovered. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, the happiness of his family and force him to confront his own past, at his own risk.

The author

Born in 1976, Laura Shepherd-Robinson graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Political Science, specializing in 18th century political philosophy. She worked in politics for almost twenty years before returning to school, this time in creative writing. Blood & Sugar, her first novel, is the winner of the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown 2019. Her second novel, Daughters of Night, will be published in 2022 by 10/18.

Strong points

A first novel on the black slave trade in the United Kingdom that received rave reviews in the press.

A subject totally in tune with the times, the history of an empire built on the Slave Trade.

An ambitious book, extremely documented and totally addictive: this impressive novel devours itself like a thriller, a real page-turner, surprising and unexpected to say the least, in the middle of colonial England.

Press

“Breathtaking... Blood & Sugar is a poignant and brutal epic that shocks and shivers as well.”

L’Express.

“A novel of astonishing skill.”

Financial Times.

“A burning and ingeniously constructed story.”

The Times.

“An impassioned indictment of British involvement in the slave trade, which never neglects its duty to thrill and entertain.”

Sunday Express.

“The best Georgian plot.”

Times Crime Club.
May 6, 2021
Historical detective novel
600 pages
140 × 210 mm
9782264077868
978-2-2640-7786-8
Translated from English by Pascale Haas

Collection “Grands détectives”