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Bagley Public Library DIL (Text) 33500013592027 New Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780358627913
  • ISBN: 0358627915
  • Physical Description: viii, 310 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublisher, [2022]

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With her success riding on her ability to keep her real identity secret, Zillah, an orphan from the slums of London who has achieved theatrical fame as The Great Amazonia, "a savage queen from darkest Africa," finds her planning upended when she is torn between two men--a mysterious black gentleman and her boss's friend who offers her the world

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    Marcus Crillick is known for his variety show, and his main attraction is The Great Amazonia. Zilah, who plays the part of this "savage queen from darkest Africa," is a young, mixed-race woman who grew up in the slums of Victorian London. Zilah knows that her performance depends upon her keeping the secret that she isn't actually from Africa. She has been able to keep her identity under wraps until she meets Lucien, who makes her believe there are better futures for the Black poor of London. While Zilah struggles with her future and her self-revelations, Crillick brings a young African woman into his underground oddity variety show. Zilah knows this woman isn't here by her own choice and is determined to help her escape Crillick's abusive captivity. Tension builds as Zilah maneuvers her way around powerful and cruel men in order to get herself and this captive woman out of London. Rich with historical details of Victorian life, freak shows, and racial tension, Dillsworth's debut is an empowering tale of strength and determination. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

In 2018, LIANNE DILLSWORTH graduated from Royal Holloway with a MA in Creative Writing with distinction, and in 2019, she won a place on the London Library Emerging Writers Programme. She was awarded a bursary place for underrepresented writers on the Jericho Writers Self-Editing course and short-listed for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. She also holds an MA in Victorian studies and currently lives in London, where she works for the government on growing diversity within the Civil Service.<br> &#160;

Subject: Women, Black > England > Fiction.
Actresses > Fiction.
Orphans > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Women, Black > Ethnic identity > Fiction.
London (England) > Social life and customs > 19th century > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Romance fiction.

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