The monks run hospitals in the islands and fund their ventures through farming cane sugar and distilling rum. Seven years earlier - after a series of scandals - they were ousted from Grenada by the French authorities, and had to leave their slaves behind. Despite the fact that Grenada is now under British rule, and effectively enemy territory, the monks devise an absurdly ambitious plan: they send Emile and Lucien to the island to convince the monks’ former slaves to flee British brutality and escape with them.
Based on a historical rebellion, award-winning writer Jane Harris peoples her daring novel with unforgettable characters. Recounted by Lucien, the younger brother, this story of courage, disaster, and love, is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit under the crush of unspeakable cruelty.
AuthorBy Jane Harris
Published6 March 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
Jane Harris (born 1961) is a Scotland born British writer of fiction and screenplays. Her latest novel, Gillespie and I, was published to critical acclaim in the UK in May 2011 by Faber and Faber. Her first novel The Observations was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2007 and has been published in over 20 territories worldwide. In France, The Observations was shortlisted for the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger (2009), and in the USA it won the Book of the Month Club’s First Fiction Prize (2007). The Observations chosen as one of the 100 Books of the Decade. Jane currently lives in East London.
"The Observations is a deliriously captivating tale of sex, ghosts, lies, and mysteries. But that’s not the good part; the good part is our narrator Betsy, a fifteen-year-old Irish made living in Scotland with the freshest, sharpest, naughtiest, and most charming voice you’re apt to encounter in literature in a good long time. I adored her and couldn’t put her story down." – Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
"I wept at the end of this brilliant first novel because I was so moved at the way Jane Harris sustains the vivacity, eloquence and pathos of her tale." – Sunday Herald (Glasgow)
"Harris is already being spoken about in the same breath as Sarah Waters and Michel Faber. In Betsy, she has created a bawdy, picaresque character who holds our attention for more than 400 pages. The Observations combines the best qualities of literary fiction with page-turning accessibility." – The Observer (London)
"Harris's voice is an original one, and her rollicking yet delicate narrative pitch sets the book apart... This is a true one-off." (Joanna Briscoe Guardian)
For Gillespie and I:
"Harris has pulled off that only too rare double whammy - a Booker-worthy novel that I want to read again."-- Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times
"Gripping ... the pace of the narrative is tantalisingly controlled." --Times Literary Supplement
"Evocative ... will you plunge you straight back into 19th-century Glasgow ... it's perfect for a long winter evening." -- Erica Wagner, Books of the Year, The Times