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Oh, Sugar

By Jane Labous

Out on 25 September 2024


Binding        Paperback

Format         198 x 129 mm

Extent          352 pages

Price             £13.99

ISBN            9781738555215

BIC 2.0         Modern & Contemporary

                      Fiction (FA)

Binding       Hardback

ISBN            9781738555284


Format         e-Book

Extent          352 pages

Price             £7.99

ISBN             9781738555222

Release:       25 September 2024

When disgraced journalist Dolly Fontaine discovers that her mother, the seventies film star Gloria Fontaine, was a spy recruited by the British Intelligence Services to ensnare a ruthless Lusenkan dictator, past and present collide with dangerous consequences 


In the wake of a political scandal that shatters her high-flying career, journalist Dolly Fontaine seeks refuge at her childhood home, Genévrier, where her mysterious mother, the celebrated seventies film star, Gloria Fontaine, lived for decades. 


When Dolly discovers a dusty box of cassette tapes in the attic revealing Gloria’s most compelling, real-life role — a daring undercover mission as a British spy to her birth country of Lusenka — so begins a perilous journey involving diamonds, Cold War intrigue, and a merciless dictator. Can Gloria’s voice recordings, and an enigmatic, retired spook once known as Sunstar, help Dolly uncover the truth before a deadly adversary silences her forever?


Oh, Sugar spans two generations, taking the reader from 21st-century Cornwall to a fictional 1970s dictatorship.

Longlisted for the Santa Fé Writers' Project Literary Prize 2022




A rollicking adventure story with a glorious, Bondesque glamour… Gloria Fontaine is the thinking woman’s James Bond. Left me totally wanting to be a spy!’ — Anne Hamilton, author of The Almost Truth


Oh, Sugar is at once a glamorous spy thriller and a complex exploration of maternal love, grief, and radical acceptance’— Laura Joyce, Author of The Luminol Reels

‘Compelling… A taut, stylish, political thriller’ — Keiran Devaney, Literary Editor

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