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A Respectable Trade
A Respectable Trade
Author: Philippa Gregory
Bristol in 1787 is booming, a city where power beckons those who dare to take risks. Josiah Cole, a small dockside trader, is prepared to gamble everything to join the big players of the city. But he needs capital and a well-connected wife. — Marriage to Frances Scott is a mutually convenient solution. Trading her social contacts for Josiah's pro...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743272544
ISBN-10: 0743272544
Publication Date: 1/9/2007
Pages: 512
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 113 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 9
Phillipa Gregory does a wonderful job of showing you the horrible world of slave trading and the divisions in society. At times I had to stop reading because I was overwhelmed with horror at what was acceptable behavior for the time. It's a great book and well worth the read. Would be perfect as a book club choice.
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Helpful Score: 7
It took me awhile to buy this book because I wasn't sure I could read about slave trading. I finally convinced myself to buy it because I am a huge fan of Philippa Gregory's. Once again she didn't disappoint me. Parts of it can be graphic so be ready for it, and had me crying in some parts, but wonderful read and I can't wait for her next new book.
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Helpful Score: 7
This book will haunt you with images of the truth behind slavery. It will open your eyes to a true human tragedy that has never fully been resolved in this world. If you think you know what happened during the days of the slave trade, think again. In my opinion, this book is as much about the problems in the world today as it is about the past.

Warning: If you are sensitive, this book might be very difficult for you to read. I literally had nightmares while reading this book. I kept with it because I think it is important to realize what the slave trade did to human beings.
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Helpful Score: 4
I am familiar with the portrayals of slavery in America, but not with the slavery in Great Britain. Neither did I have a very good idea of the mechanics of the slave trade, with all of its horrendous effects. All is explained in detail in this book, and set inside of a love story. But, as in real life, the ending is not "happily ever after". I feel that Ms. Gregory's characters are realistic and well-researched. The book was fascinating, though not always enjoyable. It would make a good book club discussion.
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Helpful Score: 4
This was certainly not Philppa Gregory's best book, but I enjoyed it well enough. The author appears to have done an amazing amount of work researching the slave trade. I think many people have heard the horrors of the slave trade but not the details. It is good to remind people that not so long ago western nations condoned the brutal treatment of their fellow human beings.

The story itself revolves around an annoying twit of a woman, Frances, and the slaves her new husband brings to Britain. The story covers all the basics; unacceptable love, intrigue, and the backstabbing that ruled the lives of "society".

The best parts of the book are the explanations for why the slaves accepted their fate instead of rebelling. Ms. Gregory explains that well.
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Others have given you the summary of this book, so I will skip it. I have read everything this author has written and this book is not only different, but I had the feeling that it was better researched. It has none of the familiar themes of her other books; the mysticism, the unnatural sexuality, and other features that frankly have turned me off. Nevertheless, she spins a great story. This book is a view of the white mans' attitude towards slavery as merely another way to do business in a world that demanded more and more human labor to settle the colonies around the world. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot. Genny
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Not PG's best, but certainly a good Historical Fiction read. I enjoyed, as always, the period detail and good plotline and window into life in a different time.