Born in Woolwich, South London to a Nigerian father and an English mother, Bernardine Evaristo is the author of six novels and one volume of poetry, a playwright and creative writing teacher, as well as a regular reviews and article-contributor. It is her novels, however, that have brought her the most critical acclaim. The first of these, Lara (1997), is a novel-in-verse which explores post-war Britain; this was followed by The Emperor’s Babe (2001), a text that immediately made an impact on the literary scene and was nominated as “Book of the Year” by the Guardian. Soul Tourists (2005) saw Evaristo move away from the novel-in-verse genre to what she has called “a novel-with-verse” (Hooper, …
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Burkitt, Katharine. "Bernardine Evaristo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 June 2010
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