Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize (Paperback)

Andrea Levy

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Adapted for a BBC TV series in 2009, Andrea Levy's Small Island is set in 1948 as England is in the midst of recovering from war. Although Queenie Bligh's conflict has only just begun, as her neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers. Gilbert Joseph, one of several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler, remembers a wartime friendship with Queenie and knocks at her door. He and his wife Hortense had longed to leave Jamaica to start a better life in England, but both are shocked at the way they are treated, and how London is not the golden city they thought. Hortense also realises that even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was. The winner of the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction, Levy's profoundly moving novel 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.


Product Details

  • Product code: AAIII
  • ISBN: 9780755307500
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.9cm x 13.0cm
  • Pages: 560
  • Publish date: 13/09/2004

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Fabulous book -

I read this book many years ago but I still remember it vividly. I loved it. It very cleverly forces you to change your allegiances with each chapter, proving that nothing in life is clear-cut and that people's flaws are what make them human. Couldn't recommend this more highly.

HR , 11/03/2014

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A great read -

I saw the BBC adaptation of this book first and throughly enjoyed it. I read the book expecting it to be different from the TV drama but found to my delight the BBC had followed the book faithfully. It is an intelligent read, highly descriptive, following the lives of ordinary people from the end of WW2 onwards. The period is captured meticulously, I found myself thinking this is the era my mother grew up in. How was it possible? A very satisfying read, especially if you have an interest in social history.

Kaaren , 06/12/2012

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