The sixteenth Wexford novel published by Hutchinson in 1994
Only eighteen black people live in Kingsmarkham. One is Wexford’s new doctor, whose daughter has disappeared. Chief Inspector Wexford takes more than a mere professional interest in the case, testing not only his powers of deduction but his beliefs and prejudices about racial equality.
Simisola was inspired by a newspaper article about modern-day slavery in the Yorkshire city of Sheffield. 1
A former slave, Sojourner Truth, became an outspoken advocate for abolition, temperance, and civil and women’s rights in the nineteenth century.
13-year-old Cynthia was exploited and incarcerated as a domestic slave in Essex. It was not until ten years later, in 2013, that someone in the local community helped her break free.
Slavery Footprint: made in a free world.
Adapted for TV by Alan Plater in 1996.
Contemporary Reads 2
Peter Høeg - Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow
Jonathan Coe - What a Carve Up!
Denis Lehane - A Drink Before The War
Andrea Camilleri - The Shape of Water
Henning Mankell - The Man Who Smiled
P.D. James - Original Sin
Ruth Rendell interview with Jamie Portman. The Ottawa Citizen, November 13, 2004. ↩︎
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