A Respectable Trade

Paperback | February 8, 2007

byPhilippa Gregory

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Bristol in 1787 is booming, from its stinking docks to its elegant new houses. Josiah Cole, a small dockside trader, is prepared to gamble everything to join the big players of the city. But he needs ready cash and a well-connected wife. An arranged marriage to Frances Scott is a mutually convenient solution.

    Trading her social contacts for Josiah's protection, Frances enters the world of the Bristol merchants and finds her life and fortune dependent on the "respectable trade" of sugar, rum and slaves--and her heart lost in impossible attraction to her Yoruban salve, Mehru.

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Bristol in 1787 is booming, from its stinking docks to its elegant new houses. Josiah Cole, a small dockside trader, is prepared to gamble everything to join the big players of the city. But he needs ready cash and a well-connected wife. An arranged marriage to Frances Scott is a mutually convenient solution.    Trading her social cont...

Philippa Gregory is an established writer and broadcaster for radio and television. One of the most successful historical novelists writing today, she is the author of The Other Boleyn Girl (recently made into a major motion picture) and The Boleyn Inheritance, among other works. Gregory holds a Ph.D. in 18th-century literatue from the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.25 inPublished:February 8, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006378978

ISBN - 13:9780006378976

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from very interesting The year is 1787 and the place is Bristol, England. Josiah Cole is a very ambitious growing slave trader. He has 3 ships which he sails to Africa for slaves which are then sold in the West Indies to the plantation owners for sugar and rum. Josiah wants more. More money and acceptance into the top elite merchant association. To do this he arranges a marraige to a penniless aristocrat, Frances Frances is at first, resident in a small house adjoining the warehouse. She is required to teach some slaves brought home. She is to make them into British valets and house maids. Sarah, Josiah's sister is critical of her and seems to find fault with her every action and especially her spending. Mehuru is one of the slaves that has been brought back to Bristol. He was a priest from the noble and civilized country of Yoruba in Africa. He wants his freedom but later finds he also wants Frances. But in this day that is utterly impossible. The book describes the stench and pollution of the Bristol harbour at this time. Frances is caught between trying to be a lady and feeling compassion for the slaves. She has absolutely no backbone and that is where the book falls down. The reader gets so mad at Frances to finally stand up for herself.
Date published: 2009-02-02