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Cover shows Ignatius Sancho sat at a desk, writing by candlelight. Stood up behind him is a white man.

by Judy Hepburn


An essential addition to the British History Curriculum. Introduce your pupils to Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780): abolitionist, writer and composer. He also has several ‘Firsts’ to his name: the first known British African to vote in the UK Parliamentary elections (in 1774); the first writer of African descent to have a collection of letters published; the first Black Britain to have his death recorded in the papers. A famed epistolarian, Sancho engaged in long correspondences with, amongst others, novelist Laurence Sterne. There are some illuminating backnotes expanding on the author’s research and process such as the real-life sources behind her characters, how London and Bath looked in the eighteenth century and the wider contexts of The Age of Enlightenment and enslavement in the British Empire. A glossary spells out the meanings of chamber pot, minuets, snuff and sedan chairs. By Jamaican actor and author, Judy Hepburn.


“I love this book. I’m so glad Ignatius’ story will reach a wide audience. I had never heard of him but I’m so glad I know about him now. His story is well written and a pleasure to read” (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 9-12, Paperback 155pp.


Themes: Black History 


SKU: 3319
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