Andrea Levy, author of the Man Booker shortlisted novel The Long Song and the prize-winning, million-copy best seller Small Island, reads a remarkable collection of short stories from across her writing career, which began 20 years ago with the publication of her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Every Light in the House Burnin'.
"None of my books is just about race," Levy has said. "They're about people and history." Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society in the 19th century, through post-war immigration into Britain, to the children of migrants growing up in '60s London, her books are acclaimed for skilful storytelling and vivid characters. And her unique voice, unflinching but filled with humour, compassion, and wisdom, has made her one of the most significant and exciting contemporary authors.
This collection opens with an essay about how writing has helped Andrea Levy to explore and understand her heritage. She explains the context of each piece within the chronology of her career and finishes with a new story, written to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. As with her novels, these stories are at once moving and honest, deft and humane, filled with insight, anger at injustice, and her trademark lightness of touch.
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A wonderful insight into a culturally changing eng
I enjoy reading about different insights into England and its people from different cultures perspective
As always it is both are informative interesting and inspiring writing by Andrea levy,I would she she had written more