Slum tenements and sumptuous villas, drag queens and drama queens, sex as a currency and marriage as a career move: it?s Londinium, AD 211. Zuleika, daughter of Sudanese immigrants, is married off at 11 to a rich Roman three times her age who?s always away on business. She?s bored. Then she meets Emperor Septimius Severus.... Fusing poetry and fiction, history and myth, this new novel has drawn rave reviews. It?s funky and funny while exploring race, gender and class in a supposedly advanced society.
Bernardine Evaristo's debut novel, LARA, was published to wide critical acclaim, and won the Emma Best Book Award in 1999. She is a former Poet in Residence at the Museum of London, and her work has been widely anthologized. She won a prestigious Arts Council Writers Award in 2000.