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Set in Iran at the end of the 19th Century —in the Persian royal court of the Qajars— In The Palace of Flowers is an atmospheric historical novel about Jamila, an Abyssinian slave who stands at the funeral of a Persian nobleman, watching the rites with empty eyes.
In that very moment, she realises that her life will never be acknowledged or mourned with the same significance. The fear of being forgotten, of being irrelevant, sets her and Abimelech, a fellow Abyssinian slave and a eunuch, on a path to find meaning, navigating the dangerous and deadly politics of the royal court, both in the government and the harem, before leading her to the radicals that lie beyond its walls.
Love, friendship and the bitter politics within the harem, the court and the Shah’s sons and advisors will set the fate of these two slaves.
Highly accomplished, richly textured and elegantly written, In The Palace of Flowers is a magnificent novel about the fear of being forgotten.
“In The Palace of Flowers opened up a part of history I knew nothing about and will stay with me for a very long time.” - Ayesha Harruna Attah, Hundred Wells of Salaga
“Transporting us flawlessly to another time and world, this tells the story of two Abyssinian slaves as they navigate the politics, mysteries and drama of the royal court in Iran in the 1890s.” - The Continent with Mail and Guardian, Issue 34
“With captivating storytelling skills and impressive historical knowledge, Victoria Princewill has written an awe-inspiring, dynamic and powerful novel about a part of African history that few other writers have told.” - Minna Salami, Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach to Everyone
“Through beautiful prose the hugely gifted Victoria Princewill transports us to another time and world, telling a story which has one wholly absorbed. Love, danger, politics, history and art, In The Palace of Flowers is a sweepingly stunning tale that has it all.” - Samira Salwani, Journalist
In The Palace of Flowers Blog and Instagram Tour from 4th February 2021 to 3rd March 2021 with book giveaways.
IG Live book launch with respected journalist.
In Conversation with Ellah P Wakatama for The University of Manchester.
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