Blonde Roots

Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/04/2009
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Synopsis

FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF GIRL, WOMAN, OTHERLONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2009 WINNER OF THE ORANGE YOUTH PANEL AWARD 2009 FINALIST FOR THE HURSTON WRIGHT LEGACY AWARD 2010'A phenomenal book. It is so ingenious and so novel. Think The Handmaid's Tale meets Noughts and Crosses with a bit of Jonathan Swift and Lewis Carroll thrown in. This should be thought of as a feminist classic.' Women's Prize for Fiction PodcastWelcome to a world turned upside down. One minute, Doris, from England, is playing hide-and-seek with her sisters in the fields behind their cottage. The next, someone puts a bag over her head and she ends up in the hold of a slave-ship sailing to the New World . . .In this fantastically imaginative inversion of the transatlantic slave trade - in which 'whytes' are enslaved by black people - Bernardine Evaristo has created a thought-provoking satire that is as accessible and readable as it is intelligent and insightful. Blonde Roots brings the shackles and cries of long-ago barbarity uncomfortably close and raises timely questions about the society of today.'A bold and brilliant game of counterfactual history. Evaristo keep[s] her wit and anger at a spicy simmer throughout' Daily Telegraph'So human and real. Re-imagines past and present with refreshing humour and intelligence' Guardian 'A brilliant satire whose flashes of comedy make the underlying tragedy all the more poignant' Scotland on Sunday

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141031521
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 18 mm

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Blonde Roots
A clever satire, engaging and a brilliant read!
This book is 100% a contender for one of my 2020 top reads! It was clever, witty and written incredibly well! Blonde Roots reverses the transatlantic sla... READ MORE
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Blonde Roots
Original and thought-provoking
This novel was a brilliantly original concept, of the transatlantic slave trade in reverse. ... Largely written from the perspective of Doris Scagglethorpe... READ MORE
Helen Walker