Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

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Granta Publications, May 3, 2012 - History - 448 pages

In the late 1630s, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor set sail from England, lured by the promise of the New World, to settle in Barbados where he fell by chance into the lucrative life of a sugar plantation owner. With George Ashby's first crop, the cane revolution was underway and would go on to transform the Caribbean into an archipelago of riches, establishing a thriving worldwide industry that bound together ambitious white entrepreneurs and enslaved black workers. As it grew, this sweet colonial trade fuelled the Enlightenment and financed the Industrial Revolution, but it also had more direct, less palatable consequences for the individuals caught up in it, consequences that still haunt the author's past.

In this unique personal history, Andrea Stuart follows the thread of her own family's involvement with sugar through successive generations, telling a story of insatiable greed and forbidden love, of abuse and liberation.

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

Stuart uses her own family's history to tell the story of race, slavery and sugar in Barbados from the 17th century to the WW II period. The focus on one family does make one feel as if a lot of the ... Read full review

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Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart tells the story of her family’s history, and in doing so, the history of the island of Barbados. As a colony of England it’s ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

ANDREA STUART was born and raised in the Caribbean and the US. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and French at the Sorbonne. Her first book, Showgirls (Jonathan Cape, 1996), a collective biography of showgirls from Colette to Marlene Dietrich to Madonna, was adapted into a two-part documentary for the Discovery Channel in 1998 and has since inspired a theatrical show, a contemporary dance piece and a number of burlesque performances. Her second book, The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon's Josephine (Macmillan, 2003) was translated into several languages and won the Enid McLeod Literary Prize in 2004. She is writer in Residence at Kingston University and teaches at the Faber Academy.

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