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March 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
  • Fiction

Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Blood and Sugar
A picture of Laura Shepherd-Robinson with the cover of her new novel


Great Baddow Library, 27 High Street
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7HH
£5 concessions (27 years and under)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s historical crime debut is a vivid, thrilling novel set in 18th century Deptford, against the backdrop of the brutal British slave trade, and follows a young abolitionist killed in the pursuit of a better future. A new voice in historical crime fiction, CJ Sansom and Andrew Taylor are already among Laura’s fans.

Laura will also be delivering a workshop for aspiring writers, An Introduction to Crime Writing, as part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime.



Laura Shepherd-Robinson has written a story that is not only a page-turner of a crime thriller but, to an extent unusual in historical novels, where you feel you really are listening to a voice from the eighteenth century. This is a world conveyed with convincing, terrible clarity. CJ Sansom

Utterly compelling . . . The next star of historical crime fiction has arrived. RN Morris

A striking historical thriller that exposes the horrors of Britain’s slave trade . . . Few first novels are as accomplished as this. Andrew Taylor

With her magnificent debut, Laura Shepherd-Robinson has at once proved herself a star. Blood and Sugar is immersive, bold and breath-taking, a tense and gripping historical thriller that shines an unwavering light on a dark period in British history. Unmissable. Antonia Hodgson


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Great Baddow Library
27 High Street
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7HH

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