Gracie and the Emperor
Allen and Unwin
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Imagine an emperor coming to live on your
lonely little island. Not
just any emperor, but the scariest man in the world. People on St Helena
said Napoleon ate children.
We called him Bonaparte, and he came as a
prisoner. Thousands of soldiers were sent to our island to make sure he
would never escape. I watched with the crowd around the jetty the
evening he stepped ashore. I didn’t want to look at him.
‘Oh, Gracie,’ my friend Hester said when
she saw him. ‘He’s just a man.’
I had no idea then what lay ahead for us
all. No matter how I tried to avoid Bonaparte, I kept crossing his path
and, though we never spoke, I know he saw me. I felt he knew me. And he
changed my life.
|What other people have said about this book:|
After all the edgy modern novels around at the
moment, Gracie and the Emperor is
a welcome change of pace. Well-written and highly enjoyable. A
sympathetic portrait of the great man in decline.
Thoroughly researched and wonderfully imagined, Gracie
and the Emperor is a work of fiction but gives an excellent insight
into this period of history and the
This is an extraordinarily beautiful piece of
writing. Broome portrays the half-Chinese, gentle Gracie with loving
care, and depicts her hard life with enormous warmth but no
sentimentality. She is careful not to let a good story
blur the lines of truth too
The concept of this delightful story by Errol
Broome, written for children, is centred around family, misunderstanding
and fear of the unknown. Well done, Errol Broome!