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This is the story of the slave rebellion that took place in the British colony of Demerara (now Guyana) in the West Indies in 1823. Starting on a small sugar plantation called 'Success', it narrates how the impact of the rebellion spread, ultimately becoming a key trigger in the abolition of slavery across the empire.
But this is not yet another 'white saviour' story, for it challenges established perspectives about British slavery and colonialism, and in particular the myth that has often been taught in schools: that Britain's role in slavery was as the abolisher. We see the rebellion
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This is the story of the slave rebellion that took place in the British colony of Demerara (now Guyana) in the West Indies in 1823. Starting on a small sugar plantation called 'Success', it narrates how the impact of the rebellion spread, ultimately becoming a key trigger in the abolition of slavery across the empire.

But this is not yet another 'white saviour' story, for it challenges established perspectives about British slavery and colonialism, and in particular the myth that has often been taught in schools: that Britain's role in slavery was as the abolisher. We see the rebellion unfold through the eyes of four people: the enslaved man Jack Gladstone, the missionary John Smith, the colonist John Cheveley, and the politician and slaveholder John Gladstone, father of a future Prime Minister. As with a fast-paced thriller, the book is split into three parts - Arrival, Rebellion and Trial - culminating in a courtroom drama and its momentous consequences.

There is also a contemporary strand. Written in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd and the toppling of the Edward Colston statue, WHITE DEBT attempts to answer the following questions: What is the impact of British slavery today? And what, if anything, should we do about it? In the unique style of his highly acclaimed and bestselling THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE and HANNS AND RUDOLF, Thomas Harding tells a broad history through a small number of characters. He dramatically reveals how the everyday cruelty of slavery still devastates lives; how history is personal.


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Autorenporträt
Thomas Harding is a bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than sixteen languages. He has written for the Sunday Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian, among other publications. His books include HANNS AND RUDOLF, which won the JQ-Wingate Prize for Non-Fiction; THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award; BLOOD ON THE PAGE, which won the Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger Award for Non-Fiction; and WHITE DEBT.