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Not with Silver

Not with Silver

(2007)
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Abiola is a clever young warrior in West Africa, part of a highly developed, ritualised society, rich not only in trade but in metaphorical and spiritual understanding. But neither his prowess nor the sophistication of his culture can save him from betrayal, capture and being sold into slavery. Abiola's story ends with the first part of this novel. In the second part, he has a new name - Cornelius. And the life of Cornelius is completely different from that of Abiola. He is the property of a Frenchman who sells harpsichords in the American south. Not With Silver is an involving fiction, set against the background of true historical events. Cornelius runs away and joins the British who are fighting the Americans. If the British win, he reasons, he may gain his freedom. But the British lose the war of independence, and Cornelius and his family flee to the snowy misery of Nova Scotia. From Canada, they are eventually sent back to West Africa - the story comes full circle, and Liberia is named as the home of freed slaves. But all is not as Cornelius had dreamed: Liberia is run, like a colony, by white men, and the trade in slaves continues... His daughter, Epiphany, however, had discovered that she has the same gift of metaphorical and spiritual understanding as her ancestors.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: Not With Silver
Author(s): Simi Bedford
ISBN: 1-85619-235-0 / 978-1-85619-235-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

August 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Not With Silver
Author(s): Simi Bedford
ISBN: 0-09-944517-4 / 978-0-09-944517-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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