Stanley Williams, angst-ridden banker and boffin, wonders whether there's more to life than his daily nine-to-five grind. One night he's dragged to a disco at Piccadilly Circus and there he meets Jessie: artiste, motormouth, ducker and diver. She swoops Stanley out of his soulless life and off on a rollercoaster road trip across Europe, bringing him face to face with a host of forgotten luminaries from the rich mix of black European history and literature.
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Fantastic reviews for Soul Tourists:
'In Soul Tourists Bernardine Evaristo has mixed poetry and prose to produce a bouncy, sometimes touching novel about the search for love and belonging...The economy of Evaristo's language as all this unfolds is impressive....(The writing) is fecund, stimulating and witty...Evaristo remains an undeniably bold and energetic writer, whose world view is anything but one-dimensional.'
The Sunday Times
'Bernardine Evaristo's dazzling Soul Tourists explores realms that that are more than usually out of the ordinary...Evaristo, radically refusing to be confined by genres, has written the story of a love affair, a road trip and a detour into hidden aspects of Europe's black history that manages to be thought-provoking, funky and funny.'
'The story is told in an inspired mixture of prose, blank verse and haiku, as it leaps energetically from interior to exterior, dialogue to monologue, containing moments of lucid imagery and sex-starved comedy.'
Evaristo revels in meshing time frames, juggling spoken and narrative registers, fusing the glaringly incompatible, and, flipping between free-style verse, prose and dramatic dialogue. The secret of her alchemical touch lies in transforming this experimentation into funky yarns so tantalising you want to devour
‘This odyssey is a book to pack for its gypsy spirit and its summer music’.
‘One of Britain’s most innovative writers, Bernardine Evaristo always dares to be different. Soul Tourists is a reaffirmation of her unique and stimulating style.’
New Nation (newspaper)
Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of Lara and The Emperor's Babe. She has been both Poet in Residence at the Museum of London and Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.
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Book Description 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 130mm x 198mm x 20mm. Paperback. Stanley Williams, angst-ridden banker and boffin, wonders whether there's more to life than his daily nine-to-five grind. One night he's dragged to a disco at Piccadilly Circu.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 304 pages. 0.212. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140297829