Small Island (häftad)
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Format
Häftad (Paperback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
560
Utgivningsdatum
2004-09-01
Upplaga
New e.
Utmärkelser
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.; Shortlisted for Orange Youth Panel Prize 2010.
Förlag
Tinder Press
Dimensioner
120 x 200 x 35 mm
Vikt
320 g
Antal komponenter
1
SAB
He.01
ISBN
9780755307500

Small Island

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Small Island by bestselling author Andrea Levy won the Orange Prize for Fiction, as well as many other awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Whitbread. 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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'A brilliantly deft and humane account of two ordinary couples in post-war London' Evening Standard, 3 February 2004 Evening Standard Every scene is rich in implication, entrancing and disturbing at the same time; the literary equivalent of a switch-back ride The Sunday Times 'Small Island is never less than finely-written, delicately and often comically observed, and impressively rich in detail and little nuggets of stories' Evening Standard, 2 February 2004 Evening Standard What makes Levy's writing so appealing is her even-handedness. All her characters can be weak, hopeless, brave, good, bad - whatever their colour. The writing is rigorous and the bittersweet ending, with its unexpected twist, touching... People can retain great dignity, however small their island Independent on Sunday 'Small Island is as full of warmth and jokes and humanity as you could wish...Such a rich saga, stuffed full of interlocking narratives' Time Out, 2 February 2004 Time Out 'A cracking good read' Margaret Forster 'A great read...honest, skilful, thoughtful and important' Guardian 'An involving saga about the changing face of Britain' Mirror, 6 February 2004 Mirror 'It's an engrossing read - slyly funny, passionately angry and wholly involving' Daily Mail, 6 February 2004 Daily Mail 'Explores the Caribbean experience of immigration to Britain with great sensitivity' Independent 'Wonderful...seamless...a magnificent achievement' Linda Grant 'I know it is a fiction, but I emerged from the book full of admiration for the patience and resilience of that generation...Levy has written one of those rare fictions that tells you things you didn't know but feel you should have known...the writing is deft and striking, without being pretentious' Sunday Herald, 8/2/04 Sunday Herald 'With this funny, tender, intelligent fourth novel Andrea Levy looks set to become as commercially popular as she is critically acclaimed' Sainsbury's magazine, February 2004 Sainsbury's magazine 'Never less than finely written, delicately and often comically observed, and impressively rich in detail and little nuggets of stories' Evening Standard 'An engrossing read - slyly funny, passionately angry and wholly involving' Daily Mail 'An impressive break-through novel' Publishing News, 23/1/04 Publishing News 'It is a work of great imaginative power which ranks alongside Sam Selvon's THE LONELY LONDONERS, George Lamming's THE EMIGRANTS and Caryl Phillips' THE FINAL PASSAGE in dealing with the experience of migration' Linton Kwesi Johnson Linton Kwesi Johnson 'A work of great imaginative power' Linton Kwesi Johnson 'As full of warmth and jokes and humanity as you could wish' Time Out 'What makes Levy's writing so appealing is her even-handedness. All her characters can be weak, hopeless, brave, good, bad - whatever their colour. The writing is rigorous and the bittersweet ending, with its unexpected twist, touching... People can retain great dignity, however small their island' Independent on Sunday, 25/1/04 Independent on Sunday 'A bevy of luminaries have garlanded Andrea Levy's fourth novel with advance praise - and it's no surprise. Using elements of her own family background, Levy has vividly animated London in the immediate aftermath of World War II... She weaves a wonderfully detailed and vibrant story' Red magazine, February 2004 issue Red magazine, February 2004 issue 'Gives us a new urgent take on our past' Vogue 'A terrific book' Alan Plater Alan Plater 'Wonderful...seamless...a magnificent achievement' Linda Grant Linda Grant 'A cracking good read...I think what appealed to me most was the passion and anger in the writing all the way through, yet it was always leavened with a particularly wry sort of humour - the sort that, tho' you find yourself smiling, you at the same time realise you almost shouldn't be' Margaret Forster Margaret Forster 'I enjoyed SMALL ISLAND enormously and wish it every success. It conjures up so vividly the era of the 1940's and expresses so vi

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Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948. 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 at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean. She has written six books, including SMALL ISLAND, which was the unique winner of both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread book of the Year, in addition to the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and the Orange Prize 'Best of the Best'. Her most recent novel, THE LONG SONG, won the Walter Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.