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  • Published: 31 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448161782
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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The Emperor's Last Island

A Journey to St Helena




'A magically idiosyncratic collage of history, biography and travel writing, permeated with madness and fantasy, absurdity and despair... Bewitching' - The Times

The Emperor's Last Stand is a book about St Helena, an island with a sad, strange history, and about the tangle of stories and myths, absurdities and simple facts that have accumulated around Napoleon and his sojourn here. It follows him through the eyes of those who lived with him, who guarded him, who managed only to catch a brief glimpse of him, alive or dead.

It is also a personal account: a description of Julia Blackburn's own journey to St Helena and at the same time a journey through the private memories and associations evoked by the telling of this poignant and curious story.

  • Published: 31 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448161782
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
Categories:

About the author

Julia Blackburn

Julia Blackburn is an author and scriptwriter whose radio plays include A Good Death, Betsy and Napoleon, The Need for Nonsense and The Spellbound Horses.

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Praise for The Emperor's Last Island

A melancholy and exquisitely bizarre essay on fame, morality and the vanity of human wishes

London Review of Books

Moving and original... Julia Blackburn writes like an angel

Mary Wesley

Pure enchantment, stranger than fiction

Cosmopolitan

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