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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

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It's finally time for Charles Ignatius Sancho to tell his story, one that begins on a slave ship in the Atlantic and ends at the very center of London life. . . . A lush and immersive tale of adventure, artistry, romance, and freedom set in eighteenth-century England and based on a true story

It's 1746 and Georgian London is not a safe place for a young Black man. Charles Ignatius Sancho must dodge slave catchers and worse, and his main ally--a kindly duke who taught him to write--is dying. Sancho is desperate and utterly alone. So how does the same Charles Ignatius Sancho meet the king, write and play highly acclaimed music, become the first Black person to vote in Britain, and lead the fight to end slavery? Through every moment of this rich, exuberant tale, Sancho forges ahead to see how much he can achieve in one short life: "I had little right to live, born on a slave ship where my parents both died. But I survived, and indeed, you might say I did more."

Author: Paterson Joseph
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Published: 04/11/2023
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.06lbs
Size: 8.48h x 5.74w x 1.43d
ISBN: 9781250880376

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 11/01/2022 pg. 9
Publishers Weekly 02/13/2023
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2023

About the Author
Paterson Joseph is an award-winning actor who has been fascinated by Ignatius Sancho for many years. He wrote and starred in the play Sancho: An Act of Remembrance in 2018, which was staged in the UK as well as the US. A veteran of the stage, TV, and film, Paterson has appeared on The Mosquito Coast, an Apple TV+ original series; Doctor Who; Noughts + Crosses; and other BBC programs. The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho is his first novel.

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