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.Â 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 .Â . .
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.Â Blonde Roots brings the shackles and cries of long-ago barbarity uncomfortably close and raises timely questions about the society of today.