'Holmes' biography of this unhappy woman is gripping and meticulously researched' Spectator 'A significant and timely book ... Holmes has produced a laceratingly powerful story. Saartjie Baartman has found the perfect biographer' Frances Wilson, Literary Review 'Musters as much factual information as possible, telling her tale with care and respect' Independent 'Impeccable ... In telling her extraordinary story, Holmes's fascinating book illuminates the forces which dominated her age, and resound in our own' Sunday TelegraphVom Verlag:
In 1810, Saartjie Baartman was London's most famous curiosity. Famed for her exquisite physique - in particular her shapely bottom - she was stared at, stripped, pinched, painted, worshipped and ridiculed. But this tragic young South African woman was also a symbol of the abolished slave trade, exploitation and colonialism. In this scintillating and vividly written book, the full arc of Baartman's extraordinary life is traced for the first time.
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