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Fiction featuring Care Experience

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The Fraud

Zadie Smith


Zadie Smith's historical novel contains Care Experienced characters, guess this is inevitable given the period in which The Fraud (2023) is set,

A key witness in the Tichborne case - central to the story - is Andrew Bogle, a servant of the Tichborne’s. Andrew Bogle’s father was trafficked to Jamaica as a 9-year-old child we find out in an extended discussion of Bogle’s history.

Eliza Touchet, cousin of and housekeeper to novelist William Ainsworth, is key to The Fraud. She finds out that 2 of her dead husband’s grandchildren have grown up in a Barnardo’s home.

More famous Care Experienced characters are Charles Dickens and William Thackeray, part of Ainsworth’s (and therefore Eliza Touchet’s) literary circle.

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