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Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize By Andrea Levy

Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize
by Andrea Levy

The multi-award-winning, million copy bestseller... 'the literary equivalent of a switch-back ride' - Sunday Times

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Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize Summary


Small Island by bestselling author Andrea Levy won the Orange Prize for Fiction, as well as the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Whitbread. It is possibly the definitive fictional account of the experiences of the Empire Windrush generation. Now a major BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris, its enduring appeal will captivate fans of Maya Angelou and Zadie Smith. 'A great read... honest, skilful, thoughtful and important' - Guardian 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 Queenie doesn't know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all. 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. It's desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. 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 golden city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was...

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GOR000261364
Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize
Andrea Levy
Used - Well Read
Paperback
Headline Publishing Group
2004-09-13
560
075530750X
9780755307500
Winner of Orange Prize for Fiction 2004 Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: Book of the Year 2004 Runner-up for Reading Group Book of the Year 2007 Short-listed for Orange Youth Panel Prize 2010
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