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Small island, Andrea Levy

Label
Small island
Title
Small island
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Levy
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It is 1948 in an England still shaken by war. At 21 Nevern Street, London, Queenie Bligh takes into her house lodgers who have recently arrived from Jamaica. What else could she do when her husband, Bernard, never returned from his RAF wartime posting to India? Among her tenants are Gilbert and his new wife Hortense. Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England after the war he finds himself treated very differently now that he is no longer in a blue uniform. Desperation makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Hortense shared Gilbert's dream of leaving Jamaica and coming to England to start a better life. But when she at last joins her husband, she is shocked by London's shabbiness and horrified at the way the English live. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was. Queenie's neighbours do not approve of her choice of tenants, and neither would her husband, were he there. Through the stories of these people, Small Island explores a point in England's past when the country began to change
Awards note
  • Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2004.
  • Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, 2004.
  • Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2005.
Cataloging source
CaNSH
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1956-
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Levy, Andrea
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
  • Whitbread Book of the Year Award
  • Commonwealth Writers Prize
  • Jamaicans
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Lodging-houses
  • Shared housing
  • Racially mixed children
  • Nineteen forties
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • London (England)
  • England
Target audience
adult
Label
Small island, Andrea Levy
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Publication
Note
An interview with Andrea Levy -- Windrush : the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain / by Mike Phillips and Trevor Phillips -- Reading-group discussion questions for Small Island -- The polite way that English people have [short story] / by Andrea Levy
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
533 pages
Isbn
9781472211064
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Label
Small island, Andrea Levy
Publication
Note
An interview with Andrea Levy -- Windrush : the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain / by Mike Phillips and Trevor Phillips -- Reading-group discussion questions for Small Island -- The polite way that English people have [short story] / by Andrea Levy
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
533 pages
Isbn
9781472211064
Isbn Type
(paperback)

Library Locations

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