Sugar Island
The Naked Name of Love
Angel Bird
Theory of Mind
Nature's Calendar


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Welcome to my website! You can find out more information about my novels, non-fiction books, journalism and presenting here.

On my blog you’ll find out what I’m up to and tips for writing.

This week I’m going to be talking about my book, Sugar: The Grass that Changed the World, to BBC2. It’s for a documentary on slavery and I’m going to be highlighting the link between the rise of slavery and sugar consumption.

A quick taster - as a result of the increase in slavery, sugar became affordable to the average person in the 1700s. People ate around 4 lbs a year – now the average American (and we must be similar!) eats over 150 lbs!

All the best,

sanjida o'connell


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