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.
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.