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Half Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan

Half Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan

This prize-winning novel has a scarce first state cover (see Book Data tab: Edition features for more info)

Title: Half Blood Blues

Author:  Esi Edugyan

ISBN:  9781846687754

Weight:  815 g

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Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940.  Hieronymus Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a café and never heard from again.  He was twenty years old.  He was a German citizen.  And he was black.

Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero’s bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin.  Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there’s more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero’s fate was settled.

Half-Blood Blues is an electric, heart-breaking story about music, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.

Peer & Press Reviews

A superbly atmospheric prologue kick-starts a thrilling story about truth and betrayal… [a] brilliant, fast-moving novel.


Simply stunning, one of the freshest pieces of fiction I’ve read.  A story I’d never heard before, told in a way I’d never seen before.  I felt the whole time I was reading it like I was being let in on something, the story of a legend deconstructed.  It’s a world of characters so realized that I found myself at one point looking up Hieronymous Falk on Wikipedia, disbelieving he was the product of one woman’s imagination.

Attica Locke, author of Heaven, My Home

Truly extraordinary in its evocation of time and place, its shimmering jazz vernacular, and its period slang.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Half Blood Blues
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features This copy has a first state cover, i.e. it doesn’t have an ‘As heard on Book at Bedtime BBC Radio 4’ sticker or any reference to its shortlisting for The Man Booker Prize 2011.
Overall condition Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Dated 17/10/11
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 2012 – winner

Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 – shortlist

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2012 – shortlist

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2011 – winner

Man Booker Prize 2011 – shortlist

Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, airing Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from 27 Jun 2011.
Book Stats
Publisher Profile Books
Imprint Serpent’s Tail
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781846687754
ISBN 10 1846687756
Format Mass-market paperback (softcover)
Pages 343
Size (h x w x d) 215 x 135 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Design Peter Dyer
Cover photographs Getty Images

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