In this delicately wrought and profoundly moving, multi-award winning novel, Andrea Levy handles the weighty themes of empire, prejudice, war and love, with a lightness of touch and a generosity of spirit that challenges and uplifts the reader. It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street. London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but with her husband, Bernard, not back from the war, what else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. Gilbert's wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England. But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit, and far from the city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was.
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Every scene is rich in implication, entrancing and disturbing at the same time; the literary equivalent of a switch-back ride ( The Sunday Times)
What makes Levy's writing so appealing is her even-handedness. All her characters can be weak, hopeless, brave, good, bad - whatever their colour. The writing is rigorous and the bittersweet ending, with its unexpected twist, touching... People can retain great dignity, however small their island ( Independent on Sunday)
'A cracking good read' ( Margaret Forster)
'A great read...honest, skilful, thoughtful and important' ( Guardian)
'Explores the Caribbean experience of immigration to Britain with great sensitivity' ( Independent)
'Wonderful...seamless...a magnificent achievement' ( Linda Grant)
'Never less than finely written, delicately and often comically observed, and impressively rich in detail and little nuggets of stories' ( Evening Standard)
'An engrossing read - slyly funny, passionately angry and wholly involving' ( Daily Mail)
'A work of great imaginative power' ( Linton Kwesi Johnson)
'As full of warmth and jokes and humanity as you could wish' ( Time Out)
'Gives us a new urgent take on our past' ( Vogue)
Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948. After attending writing workshops when she was in her mid-thirties, Levy began to write the novels that she, as a young woman, had always wanted to read - entertaining novels that reflect the experiences of black Britons, which look at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean.
She has written five novels, been a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Orange Futures and the Saga Prize, and has been a recipient of an Arts Council Award. Her most recent novel, THE LONG SONG, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and her acclaimed novel SMALL ISLAND won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, the Whitbread Novel Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, was adapted into a major BBC TV drama.
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Descrizione libro Headline Publishing Group, 2009. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0755355954