As part of The Unseeing Blog Tour, Anna has kindly written a character profile on Sarah Gale, the main character in the book. It is with a warm welcome, I have the privilege of presenting this brilliant piece.
Character Profile of Sarah Gale
Occupation: Seamstress, former nurse and possibly something else.
Place of Residence: Newgate Prison, the most notorious prison in London
Hair: Long and dark; pinned under a prison-issue cap.
Eyes: Large and brown, like her sister’s.
Distinguishing marks: A mole above the left hipbone. Several scars – some to the wrists and lower arms, another running from her neck down to her breastbone. She does not say what caused them.
Education: Taught at home by a governess in the arts of sewing, drawing, playing the piano and making herself ‘marriageable.’ She is, however, clever – as quick as powder.
Background: Brought up in a loveless home in Lyme, Dorset, by a succession of nursemaids. Moved to London with her mother and sister when her father left them in financial ruin. Swiftly descended into poverty and sought employment as a nurse and seamstress to try and make ends meet. Still, they did not meet.
Loves: Her sister, Rosina, and her four-year-old son, George. Gold jewelry and silk dresses. Possibly James Greenacre.
Hates: Her father, whether alive or dead. Rook, the prisoner who is making her life a misery. Miss Sowerton, the prison matron who is out to get her. Possibly James Greenacre.
Greatest hope: That she will convince Edmund Fleetwood of her innocence, so that he might recommend that her death sentence be commuted, so that she might escape Newgate.
Greatest fear: That Edmund will not believe her story. That the secret she is protecting will be discovered, and that she will be sent to the gallows, leaving little George all alone in the world.
Quote: ‘We are like two chess players, each trying to anticipate the other’s move.’
by Anna Mazzola
Release Date: 14th July 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tinder Press
Set in London in 1837, Anna Mazzola’s THE UNSEEING is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding. Perfect for any reader of Sarah Waters or Antonia Hodgson.
‘With this intricately woven tale of trust, self-trust and deceit, Anna Mazzola brings a gritty realism to Victorian London. Beautifully written and cleverly plotted, this is a stunning debut, ranked amongst the best’ MANDA SCOTT
After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. Edmund knows she’s hiding something, but needs to discover just why she’s maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna lives in Camberwell, London, not far from where the murder at the heart of The Unseeing took place. The Unseeing is Anna’s first novel. She is currently working on her second, which is about a collector of folk tales and fairy lore on the Isle of Skye who realises that girls are going missing.
Anna studied English at Pembroke College, Oxford, before becoming a criminal justice solicitor. She divides her time between writing, reading, lawyering, and child-wrangling.