Small Island

Small Island

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 17/09/2009
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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.

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...

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780755307500
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 42 mm

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Small Island
small island
Great book i would thoroughly recomend it.
kitty the hair
Small Island
Very enjoyable read
I enjoyed this book very much. It reveals racism in 1940's Britain. The format of the book was 'before' and 'after' with 4 main charactors.
Small Island
Loved this book!
I read this in one evening. It is yet another book that is such an enjoyable read, it makes it difficult to put down. I am an avid reader, and if a book is... READ MORE
Small Island
A Fantastic Read!
Thoroughly recommend this book. An interesting insight of Britain in the 1940s.