Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo

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Bernardine Evaristo (MBE) has been hailed as one of Britain's most exciting and original authors, described by The Times as ‘adventurous, compelling and utterly original'.

Her books include a novel in verse, The Emperor's Babe (2001), and a novel-with-verse, Soul Tourists (2005). Her first prose novel, Blonde Roots (2008), is about the transatlantic slave trade - but with a difference: Africans are the masters and Europeans are their slaves. Her most recent book, Mr Loverman, is published by Hamish Hamilton.

In 2009 Bloodaxe Books published a new version of her verse novel Lara, and in 2007 she co-edited the Granta/British Council New Writing Anthology NW15 with the novelist Maggie Gee.

She has written drama for theatre and BBC Radios 4 and 3, collaborated on a multi-media performance with the musicians Joanna McGregor and Andy Shephard for the City of London Festival, and she frequently tours worldwide.

Her books have been chosen as a Book of the Year nine times by British newspapers and her awards include a NESTA Fellowship, Arts Council Writers Award and BT EMMA Best Book Award. In 2004 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2006 of the Royal Society of Arts.