Lara has ratings and 7 reviews. Tisa said: Bernadine Evaristo is wildly talented. Lara is a novel in verse, and tells the story of two young people w. Lara is a powerful semi-autobiographical novel-in-verse based on Bernardine Evaristo’s own childhood and family history. The eponymous. says Lara, the heroine of Bernadine Evaristo’s first novel in verse. “I flung my head back. ‘Marriage?/I love the F-word too much, you know.

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A f… 1 days ago. Lara is their fourth child and we follow her journey from restricted childhood to conflicted early adulthood, and then from London to Nigeria to Brazil as she seeks to understand herself and her bernardibe.

She wouldn’t mind getting down to some sonnets either.

A writer’s life: Bernadine Evaristo – Telegraph

The ancient Londinium evoked within its pages is no utopian space, but an uneven, divided landscape in which racial, gender and class conflict prevail. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

In she wrote and presented a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary, Fiery Inspiration evarisho on Amiri Baraka and his influence on her generation of writers. Her bourgeois husband assigns her a poetry tutor, who introduces her to trochees, asclepiads and Virgil.


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A writer’s life: Bernadine Evaristo

She also represented Britain, with the novelist Glenn Patterson, on Literaturexpress Europawhich took European writers through 11 European countries over six weeks by train, evarisot from Portugal to Berlin via Belgium, the Baltics and Russia. Bernadine Evaristo’s cultural highlights”.

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Bernadine Evaristo is wildly talented. She co-founded Spread the Word writer development agency —present and in the s, Britain’s first black women’s theatre company, Theatre of Black Women. Blal Shah pasand rated it berhardine liked it Dec 02, Ilker Ozbilek rated it liked it Oct 03, They encounter ghosts along the journey, ghosts of black people who have played their part in the continent’s history.

Didn’t always enjoy the language used although there was some beautiful prose scattered in it, that really moved me eevaristo this was a truly immersive book. Marian May Hawk rated it really liked it Apr 06, lraa The eponymous Lara is a mixed-race girl raised in Woolwich, a white suburb of London, during the 60s and 70s.

Her fiction makes clear the fact that it is no longer, and more importantly never was, possible to return to a pure, white, Anglo-Saxon Britain prior to immigration.

Aug 04, Nathalie rated it really liked it Shelves: Bernardnie brands of racism Lara encounters are much more disturbing. The verse form works well and serves to highlight some key points in the text. I have been so pleasantly surprised by this book and the writer’s talent. Bernardine has also written for theatre, radio, print media and for a multi-media collaboration Cityscapes with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and pianist Joanna MacGregor for the City of London Festival in Two of her books have been adapted into BBC Radio 4 dramas.


Karla rated it liked it Nov 26, A comparison with Zuleika is irresistible. Kelly rated it it was amazing Feb 15, This is a writer who is pushing not just the boundaries of contemporary British writing, but of what it means to be ‘British’.

Bernardine Evaristo

To subscribe to the newsletter, until further notice, please press the subscribe button. LondonEngland, UK. Then I actually read it. Laraher first verse novel was a critical success and reached a number of short lists for literary prizes, winning the EMMA Best Novel Award in