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

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 30/04/2009
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A slice of razor-sharp satire from the Booker-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other, Blonde Roots inverts the barbaric realities of the slave trade by placing captured ‘whytes’ in shackles. Intensely thought provoking and immensely powerful, this blistering novel encapsulates Bernardine Evaristo’s literary flair and psychological insight perfectly.  

FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER

LONGLISTED 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 Podcast

Welcome 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: 193 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A hugely imaginative tale that invites important debates, challenging fundamental perceptions of race, culture and history * Independent on Sunday *
This brilliant novel will fulfil [Evaristo's] purpose of making readers view the transatlantic slave trade with fresh eyes * The Times *
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 Podcast *
Reimagines past and present with refreshing humour and intelligence . . . human and real * Guardian *
[Blonde Roots] is a powerful gesture of fearless thematic ownership by one of the UK's most unusual and challenging writers * Independent *
As with a Swiftean satire, Evaristo's novel is powerful not for its fantastical elements but for its ability to bring home the horror of historical events * Financial Times *

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“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 slave trade – with the Aphrikans enslaving Europeans -through the... More

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“Original and thought-provoking”

This novel was a brilliantly original concept, of the transatlantic slave trade in reverse.
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Largely written from the perspective of Doris Scagglethorpe, a ‘Whyte’ kidnapped for slavery and renamed Omorenomwara by... More

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