Posted on 1st July 2014

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 Mr Loverman

Bernardine Evaristo is an audacious writer: whether it’s mining her own family tree for material and weaving it into a verse novel or turning history upside down in a revisionist tale of ‘whytes’ enslaved by Africans, she’s not afraid to rip up the rule book in order to tell a story her own way.  She’s…

Posted on 19th June 2014

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Mr Loverman

Mr Loverman lives up to his name.  In Evaristo’s hands he is a funky, feisty, hugely adorable man   -she takes a difficult subject and imbues it with wit, passion and honesty. I loved it and I’d marry him… if only he would have me…” Julia Wharton, Jerwood Charitable Foundation Trustee Synopsis: Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four…

Posted on 20th October 2010

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Fiction Uncovered by… Bernardine Evaristo, poet and novelist

Zora Neale Hurston was the most prolific African-American novelist from the 1920s to the 1950s. Born in the Deep South, she worked as a maid and took evening classes for ten years in order to get to university, saying ‘I shall wrassle me up a future or die trying’. In her masterpiece Their Eyes Were Watching…