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Martinique, 1765. Brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master, Father Cleophas, with a mission. They must return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back 42 slaves claimed by English invaders. While Lucien, barely in his teens, sees the trip as a great adventure, Emile has no illusions about the dangers they will face. But with no choice other than to obey, he sets out with his brother on a reckless venture.

©2017 Jane Harris (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"It is rare to read a literary novel where the storytelling is as skilful as the writing is fine...Harris has pulled off the only too rare double whammy." (The Sunday Times)
"Jane Harris is rather special." (The Observer)

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  • Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
  • 16-01-18

Amazing Naration

As a huge fan of Jane Harris I was a tad disappointed with the end bit. I think maybe I shall read the book to see if I can get a different perspective. The Narration was just superb I think I was mesmerized by listening to the story rather than fully understanding the plot.

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A slow start, but quickly becomes un-put-downable

I had a little trouble getting into Sugar Money for the first few chapters, but couldn’t stop listening once the story gets going. It’s definitely worth a listen for anyone with an interest in colonial or post-colonial literature or the slave trade.

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Excellent Performance

Quite slow in parts. The ending was quite abrupt and left lots of loose ends.
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Interesting story, average narration.

This novel is based, I believe, on a true story and it certainly was an interesting storyline. The plot covered a variety of themes- the cruelty and horror of slavery; the competition between nations for profit from sugar cane; the perfidy and hypocrisy of the Church in relation to slavery and the money they made from it; plus betrayal and how risky it was for any slave even to contemplate escape, let alone actually help fellow slaves to accompany you during an escape attempt.

Two brothers are given a seemingly impossible task by the religious community that enslaves them - to sail from Martinique to Grenada and rescue over forty slaves (that the Church believes they own) then sail back again to Martinique. Their payment? The possibility of finding a long-lost love. The means by which they can prove ownership of the contested slaves ? An ownership document which may or may not be genuine.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, despite it being a bit slow-going at times. But the style of narration really spoiled the experience for me - the Caribbean accent was lovely but there was not enough expression in the voice for me.