The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo
by Catherine Johnson
"The incredible story of the ultimate historical hustle, based on the true story of Mary Wilcox" (publisher blurb). We're completely smitten by this part-fictionalised biography of a quick thinking (mixed race), working class young woman who survives by adopting the disguise of the mysterious Princess Caraboo. A gripping, startling read which takes a unique peek into the workings of early nineteenth century Britain with its class system, its economic injustices, its imperial 'exoticisation' of foreign lands, its misogyny and its dubious-and racist-'new' sciences (e.g.: early phrenology). 'A well-told, quick moving story that once again reminds readers that black people were part of British society long before the Windrush sailed in!' (Patrice, Author & Parent, LL reviewer). [nb: trigger warning- this novel opens with a description of a rape, the repercussions of which are very sensitively handled]. Age 13+ Paperback 270pp
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