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The Long Song

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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.

If you like Andrea Levy you might also like to read books by Jackie Kay, Zadie Smith and Andre Dubus III.

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Synopsis

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize, THE LONG SONG is breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking and unputdownable 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.

Reviews

'There is great skill in the way she presents characters and dialogue; she has powers of observation and an ear for language that make her books a pleasure to read’ Times Literary Supplement

'The Long Song is is told with irresistable cunning; it is captivating, mischievious and optimistic, generating new stories and plot lines throughout the tale'
Daily Telegraph

'Levy has a rare ability to channel the maelstrom of history into the most intimate of human dramas'
New Statesman

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

6th January 2011

Author

Andrea Levy

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Author's Website

www.andrealevy.co.uk/

Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755359424

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