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Richard Francis

Richard Francis

Richard Francis was educated at Cambridge and Harvard. He has written 17 books, both fiction and nonfiction, including a number of books on American history and thought. His award-winning novels and books of nonfiction have been published by leading houses in London and New York, including Fourth Estate, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, W.W. Norton, Faber & Faber, and Pantheon. He and his wife live in Bath.

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Latest reviews

  • “Few have so nimbly conjured with Sewall and his silence as Richard Francis, author of an excellent 2005 biography of the Salem justice."
    — The New York Review of Books, Mar 9 2017
  • "Crane Pond succeeds wonderfully, conveying mania without condescension and honoring decency without any suggestion of cynicism."
    — Open Letters Monthly, Nov 25 2016
  • "In Crane Pond, Richard Francis creates a nuanced, compassionate and fascinating portrait of Samuel Sewall, the unwilling hanging judge...taking us beyond the complacency with which we often view this iconic moment in American history."
    — Historical Novel Society, Nov 2 2016
  • "The paralysing effect of mob psychology and the shocking passive acceptance of brutality make Crane Pond a profoundly thoughtful, gripping, at times harrowing reading experience."
    — Bookanista, Oct 31 2016
  • “Crane Pond is fascinatingly engaging and thought provoking, the best kind of storytelling.”
    — Shelf Awareness, Oct 14 2016
  • "Fans of Stacy Schiff's meticulous research of The Witches: Salem, 1692 and Oliver Pötzsch's solemn tone in The Hangman's Daughter will relish this well-imagined personal journey."
    — Library Journal (Starred Review), Sep 15 2016
  • "A finely crafted consideration of responsibility within a familiar historical tale."
    — Kirkus Reviews, Aug 4 2016


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