The Emperor's Babe

The Emperor's Babe: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 25/04/2002
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The Emperor's Babe
If you want to be thrilled and entertained then this book is for you!
Let's head back in time to Londinium, AD 211 where we find a feisty, young, Nubian girl named Zuleika who doesn't realise how much her life will change whe... READ MORE
Alfie at Ashford


FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER WINNER OF THE NESTA FELLOWSHIP AWARD 2003 'Wildly entertaining, deeply affecting' Ali Smith, author of How to be both and Autumn A coming-of-age tale to make the muses themselves roar with laughter and weep for pity -- sassy, razor-sharp and transformative. Londinium, AD 211. Zuleika is a modern girl living in an ancient world. She's a back-alley firecracker, a scruffy Nubian babe with tangled hair and bare feet - and she's just been married off a fat old Roman. Life as a teenage bride is no joke but Zeeks is a born survivor. She knows this city like the back of her hand: its slave girls and drag queens, its shining villas and rotting slums. She knows how to get by. Until one day she catches the eye of the most powerful man on earth, the Roman Emperor, and her trouble really starts . . . Silver-tongued and merry-eyed, this is a story in song and verse, a joyful mash-up of today and yesterday. Kaleidoscoping distant past and vivid present, The Emperor's Babe asks what it means to be a woman and to survive in this thrilling, brutal, breathless world.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140297812
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 193g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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The Emperor's Babe
An excellent, empowering and humorous tale about life in Roman Britain for a teen girl. If you wanted a historical novel with some laughter thrown in, this... READ MORE
Emma Collier
The Emperor's Babe
Entertaining, Witty and Sassy
After reading Girl, Woman, Other I wanted to read more by Evaristo and this was the only one in stock so I picked it up and I absolutely loved it! It made ... READ MORE
The Emperor's Babe
Solid read
Really enjoyed this. Sparky and spunky; a great read.
Clare Wallace