Andrea Stuart

Andrea Stuart is a prose writer who was born in Caribbean, lived briefly in the US and was educated in the UK. She began her career as a journalist, then branched into publishing and television documentary production. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and French at the Sorbonne. Since 1996, Andrea has published three nonfiction, historical books, including Josephine: The Rose of Martinique (originally published in 2003 by Macmillan as The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine), which won the Enid McLeod Literary Award. She has taught at Kingston University as a Writer in Residence since 2011. She also teaches at Faber Academy, does private mentoring and regularly reviews books for The Independent. She has been the co-editor of Black Film Bulletin and the fiction editor of Critical Quarterly. Her work has appeared in numerous publications in both the UK and the US. Her most recent book, Sugar in the Blood, is a multi-generational story of Andrea’s own family history of slavery and plantation life in Barbados and was published by Portobello Books in June of this year.

Selected Bibliography

Showgirls (Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1996) – a collective biography of showgirls from Marlene Dietrich to Mae West to Madonna

The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine (Pan, 2004) – a sweeping, cradle to grave biography of one of history’s most interesting women

Sugar in the Blood (Potobello Books Ltd, 2012) – a look at Andrea’s own family history of slavery and sugar plantation ownership

Recommended Reading:

Andrea says she could go on forever about fantastic books to read, but here’s her current recommended reading list:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Idiot
Guiseppa Lampedusa – The Leopard
George Elliot – Silas Marner
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love in the Time of Cholera
Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility
Richard Ellison – Invisible Man
James Baldwin – Go Tell It On The Mountain
Toni Morrison – Beloved
Mario Puzo – The Godfather
Carl Hiaassen – Sick Puppy

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