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Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy
  

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Opening with an essay on how writing has helped the author understand her background and heritage, this short, sharp collection takes us right through her career. Each story has an introduction, impressive and enlightening. But it is the stories themselves that truly touch. Often her mother is her inspiration but it is those tales of injustice that hit hard. For me, it was the one about black soldiers in the First World War that really impressed. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Andrea Levy you might also like to read books by Jackie Kay, Zadie Smith and Monica Ali.

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Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy, author of the Man Booker shortlisted novel THE LONG SONG and the prize-winning, million-copy bestseller SMALL ISLAND, draws together a remarkable collection of short stories from across her writing career, which began twenty years ago with the publication of her first novel, the semi-autobiographical EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOUSE BURNIN'. None of my books is just about race, Levy has said. They're about people and history. Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society in the nineteenth century, through post-war immigration into Britain, to the children of migrants growing up in '60s London, her books are acclaimed for skilful storytelling and vivid characters. And her unique voice, unflinching but filled with humour, compassion and wisdom, has made her one of the most significant and exciting contemporary authors. This collection opens with an essay about how writing has helped Andrea Levy to explore and understand her heritage. She explains the context of each piece within the chronology of her career and finishes with a new story, written to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. As with her novels, these stories are at once moving and honest, deft and humane, filled with insight, anger at injustice and her trademark lightness of touch.

About the Author

Andrea Levy

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 five novels, been a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Orange Futures and the Saga Prize, and has been a recipient of an Arts Council Aw ard. Her most recent novel, The Long Song, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on ANDREA LEVY

Andrea Levy’s writing springs off the page at me. It is so full of energy, colour and verve. Her novel Small Island, rightly showered with awards, about the post war arrival of Caribbean immigrants to Britain and their struggle to integrate into a closed society, is a delight from start to finish.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th May 2015

Author

Andrea Levy

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Author's Website

www.andrealevy.co.uk/

Publisher

Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
144 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9781472222695

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