Andrea Levy





Andrea Levy

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January 01, 1956

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In 1948 Andrea Levy's father sailed from Jamaica to England on the Empire Windrush ship and her mother joined him soon after. Andrea was born in London in 1956, growing up black in what was still a very white England. This experience has given her an complex perspective on the country of her birth.

Andrea Levy did not begin writing until she was in her mid-thirties. At that time there was little written about the black British experience in Britian. After attending writing workshops 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, that look closely and perceptively at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind Bri...more


Average rating: 3.77 · 19,331 ratings · 1,787 reviews · 12 distinct works · Similar authors
Small Island
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 13,101 ratings — published 2004 — 41 editions
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The Long Song
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 4,495 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Fruit of the Lemon
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 963 ratings — published 1999 — 14 editions
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Every Light in the House Bu...
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 325 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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Never Far From Nowhere
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 335 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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Six Stories and An Essay
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 10 ratings — expected publication 2014
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Uriah's War
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The Sunday Night Book Club
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Underwords: The Hidden City
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“There are some words that once spoken will split the world in two. There would be the life before you breathed them and then the altered life after they'd been said. They take a long time to find, words like that. They make you hesitate. Choose with care. Hold on to them unspoken for as long as you can just so your world will stay intact.”
Andrea Levy, Small Island
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“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live”
Andrea Levy, The Long Song

“He looked so pained that I dreamed of taking his hands and making him dance”
Andrea Levy, Small Island

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