An emotional debut novel, both funny and moving, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction
Better opportunity that s why Angela s dad sailed to England from America in 1948 on the Empire Windrush. Six months later her mum joined him in his one room in Earl s Court...
Twenty years and four children later, Mr Jacob has become seriously ill and starts to move unsteadily through the care of the National Health Service. As Angela, his youngest, tries to help her mother through this ordeal, she finds herself reliving her childhood years, spent on a council estate in Highbury.
The story is well told, does not dodge complexity and rings true - The Times
'Andrea Levy is the long awaited birdsong of one born Black and Gifted in Britain. Let her sing and sing and sing' Marsha Hunt - Marsha Hunt
An extremely powerful novel - TLS
An interesting and touching book - Daily Telegraph
Humorous and moving, unflinching and without sentiment - Independent on Sunday
Levy's skill and cunning leave the reader shaken - The Voice
Andrea Levy is the long awaited birdsong of one born Black and Gifted in Britain. Let her sing and sing and sing - Marsha Hunt
The only disappointment is that after two hundred and fifty pages, it ends - Literary Review
Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948. She has lived all her life in London. 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 closely and perceptively at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean.
She has written four previous novels, has 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 second novel, NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE, was long listed for the Orange Prize, and her most recent 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. It has now been adapted into a major BBC TV drama.