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Paterson
Award Winning Author
Novelist, Actor and Playwright
Travels from: London, UK

“A winning first novel…With the conjuring tricks of historical fiction, Joseph has taken an actual man and, two and a half centuries later, made him as thoroughly himself, and as fully present, as he was the first time round.” ― Thomas Mallon, New York Times Book Review

Paterson Joseph is a beloved British actor and writer. Recently seen on Vigil, Naughts + Crosses and Boat Story, he has also starred in The Leftovers and Law & Order UK and he also plays Arthur Slugworth in the Wonka movie. He has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Christopher Bland prize and the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Historical Crown 2023 award.

The Secret Diaries of Ignatius Sancho is his debut novel, and is a story that begins on a slave ship in the Atlantic and ends at the very center of London life. It is a lush and immersive tale of adventure, artistry, romance, and freedom set in eighteenth-century England and based on the true story of the first Black person to vote in Britain, who lead the fight to end slavery. Joseph channels the writing style of the day and draws on the real-life Sancho’s diaries to give voice to his her’s interior life.

Paterson's Featured Titles

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

Henry Holt and Co. |
Historical Fiction

It’s finally time for Charles Ignatius Sancho to tell his story, one that begins on a slave ship in the Atlantic and ends at the very center of London life. . . . A lush and immersive tale of adventure, artistry, romance, and freedom set in eighteenth-century England and based on a true story

It’s 1746 and Georgian London is not a safe place for a young Black man. Charles Ignatius Sancho must dodge slave catchers and worse, and his main ally―a kindly duke who taught him to write―is dying. Sancho is desperate and utterly alone. So how does the same Charles Ignatius Sancho meet the king, write and play highly acclaimed music, become the first Black person to vote in Britain, and lead the fight to end slavery? Through every moment of this rich, exuberant tale, Sancho forges ahead to see how much he can achieve in one short life: “I had little right to live, born on a slave ship where my parents both died. But I survived, and indeed, you might say I did more.”

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

Historical Writers’ Association Debut Historical Crown 2023 Winner
Royal Society of Literature’s Christopher Bland Prize Winner
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Nibbie at the British Book Awards, 2023
Named one of NPR’s “Books We Love” for 2023

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