The Long Song

by Andrea Levy

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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

 

Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year Award 2011.

 

February 2011 Book of the Month.

Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2011.

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 23 Jan 2011.

Don't miss the latest novel from Andrea Levy, The author of the award winning Small Island. The Long Song is the story of July, a slave girl on a plantation in Jamaica during the last, turbulent years of Slavery. Set against the backdrop of the Baptist War of 1831 and the subsequent years when slavery was declared no more, this is an emotional and sometimes harrowing account told from the point of view of those who experienced the troubles first hand. Beautifully written, insightful and intelligent.

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 23 Jan 2011.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010.

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The Long Song Synopsis

 

You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within these pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was also present when slavery was declared no more. My son says I must convey how the story tells also of July's mama Kitty, of the negroes that worked the plantation land, of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many more persons besides - far too many for me to list here. But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled upon these pages for you to peruse. Perhaps, my son suggests, I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a book they might care to consider. Cha, I tell my son, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just read it for themselves.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780755359424
Publication date: 6th January 2011
Author: Andrea Levy
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Collections: 80+ Must-read Novels by Black Writers - Black Lit Matters, 30+ Unforgettable Books by Caribbean Writers - Book-aneers of the Caribbean,
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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About 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 ...

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