Meet the author: Linda Spalding
29 May 2014 Last updated at 18:45 BST
Linda Spalding's fourth novel, The Purchase, is already an award-winner, scooping Canada's top literature prize, but was only published in the UK this year.
It centres on a Quaker and ancestor of the author, whose decision to buy a slave in Virginia in the early 19th century, has repercussions for his family throughout the generations.
Linda Spalding spoke to the BBC's Nick Higham.