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The Emperor's Babe

by Bernardine Evaristo

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PUBLISHED: 2nd July 2020
ISBN: 9780241989845
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  • Paperback
    $21.37
PUBLISHED: 2nd July 2020
ISBN: 9780241989845

Publisher Description

Meet Zuleika- sassy girl about town, former child bride, A-list Roman babe, black immigrant in ancient Londinium. She knows this city like the back of her hand - its squalor and bustle, its slum tenements and sumptuous villas. But she doesn't know how it feels to fall in love.

Sold in marriage to a rich, fat Roman, stranded in luxurious neglect with only slaves and sex workers for company, it's not long before Zuleika is up to no good. And one day, when the Roman Emperor himself strolls into town and catches her eye, the trouble really starts . . .

Irresistibly funny and whip-smart, this is a deeply relatable coming-of-age tale with a surprising historical twist.

Author Biography

Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo-Nigerian award-winning author of seven other books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora- past, present, real, imagined. Her writing also spans short fiction, reviews, essays, drama and writing for BBC radio. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She was made an MBE in 2009.

As a literary activist for inclusion she has founded several successful initiatives including Spread the Word writer development agency (1995 - ongoing); The Complete Works mentoring scheme for poets of colour (2007-2017) and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize (2012 - ongoing).

Review

?Smart, imaginative, and readable . . . A rich farrago of historical fact and outrageous fancy.? ("The New York Times Book Review") A heroine of ancient times for the modern age... a glittering fiction... brilliant.? ("The Times," London) A riotous, racy whirl through Roman Londinium... Bernardine Evaristo has spun a captivating tale in verse.? (Robert Fagles) Smart, imaginative, and readable . . . A rich farrago of historical fact and outrageous fancy. ("The New York Times Book Review") A heroine of ancient times for the modern age... a glittering fiction... brilliant. ("The Times," London) A riotous, racy whirl through Roman Londinium... Bernardine Evaristo has spun a captivating tale in verse. (Robert Fagles) "Smart, imaginative, and readable . . . A rich farrago of historical fact and outrageous fancy." ("The New York Times Book Review") "A heroine of ancient times for the modern age... a glittering fiction... brilliant." ("The Times," London) "A riotous, racy whirl through Roman Londinium... Bernardine Evaristo has spun a captivating tale in verse." (Robert Fagles) "A riotous, racy whirl through Roman Londinium . . . Bernardine Evaristo has spun a captivating tale in verse."

Promotional "Headline"

The smart, sassy coming-of-age story from the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other - now a Penguin Essential.

Product Details

Author
Bernardine Evaristo
Pages
272
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2020
ISBN-10
0241989841
ISBN-13
9780241989845
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2020-07-02
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Subtitle
A Novel
Short Title
The Emperor's Babe
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade