Daughter of the Shipwreck
Daughter of the Shipwreck tells the story of Mercy, a young Black woman in 1820s London whose life is upended first by a startling memory, and then by the knowledge that a terrible secret lies in her past. This is an utterly gripping and powerful novel about family, secrets, identity, and risking everything to be true to yourself.
London, 1820: Nineteen-year-old Mercy, the orphaned daughter of an African prince, has come to live with the well-to-do Dr Stephens and his wife, Catherine, a passionate campaigner for the abolition of slavery. Mercy throws herself into Catherine’s work, eager to help until – at an exhibition that has all of London talking – one particular painting makes a disturbing impression on her, conjuring vivid images of creaking wood and the screams of drowning people. Its effect on Dr Stephens is even stronger – a connection that seems almost personal. Daughter of the Shipwreck is an utterly gripping and powerful novel about family, secrets, identity, and risking everything to be true to yourself.