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

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 25/04/2002
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Bursting with life, vigour and energy, Evaristo’s kinetic verse novel views Roman London through the eyes of an irrepressible Nubian teen determined not to become the property of a pompous old dignitary. 

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: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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“Brilliant”

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 is the book for you.

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“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 me laugh out loud and somehow I managed to read it in one... More

Paperback edition
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louus_library

“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 me laugh out loud and somehow I managed to read it in one... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 1

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