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A passionate and perceptive story full of the pain and the humour of growing up, from Andrea Levy, author of the Orange Prize winning SMALL ISLAND and the Man Booker shortlisted THE LONG SONG.
NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE is the story of two sisters, Olive and Vivien, born in London to Jamaican parents and brought up on a council estate. They go to the same grammar school, but while Vivien's life becomes a chaotic mix of friendships, youth clubs, skinhead violence, A-levels, discos and college, Olive, three years older and a skin shade darker, has a very different tale to tell...
Closing date: 03/12/2020
'The story is well told, does not dodge complexity and rings true' - The Times
'An inspired coming-of-age novel with a mature grasp of generational conflict, pressure to conform, and the fraught process of discovering one's identity, NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE should be read by anyone who is growing up in Britain today' - Scotsman
'Levy's raw sense of realism and depth of feeling infuses every line' - Elle
'In this lively, crisp, raw voice, young black Londoners may have found their Roddy Doyle' - Independent on Sunday
'Passionate and angry' - TLS
'Painfully perceptive and passionate, NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE hits a raw nerve with its powerful concoction of poignancy and humour' - Pride
Publication date: 08/08/1996
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||8th August 1996|
|Publisher:||Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Diverse Voices,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 ...More About Andrea Levy