Every Light in the House Burnin' (Paperback)
by Andrea Levy
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The remarkable, emotional debut novel, both funny and moving, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, from the critically aclaimed Andrea Levy, author of the Orange Prize winning SMALL ISLAND and the Man Booker shortlisted THE LONG SONG. 'Better opportunity' - that's why Angela's dad sailed to England from America in 1948 on the Empire Windrush. Six months later her mum joined him in his one room in Earl's Court...Twenty years and four children later, Mr Jacob has become seriously ill and starts to move unsteadily through the care of the National Health Service. As Angela, his youngest, tries to help her mother through this ordeal, she finds herself reliving her childhood years, spent on a council estate in Highbury.
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'Andrea Levy is the long awaited birdsong of one born Black and Gifted in Britain. Let her sing and sing and sing' Marsha Hunt -- Marsha Hunt
UK Kirkus review
This was the novel that brought Levy to critical acclaim, and it's well worth revisiting. Told half in flashback, this moving story traces the relationship between Angela, growing up on a North London council estate, and her stern, taciturn father, who arrived with her mother from Jamaica before Angela was born. Angela remembers a man very much in the 'traditional' father role, yet, when her father is diagnosed with terminal cancer, their roles are reversed and she becomes the decision-maker. Vivid in remembered detail and compassionate in its portrayal of a family on the verge of bereavement, it established Levy as a name to watch. (Kirkus UK)
About the author
Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents. She is the author of EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOUSE BURNIN', NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE, FRUIT OF THE LEMON and SMALL ISLAND. Andrea was a judge in the 1996 Saga Prize for Black Fiction, and in the 1997 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her radio appearances, and readings at literary festivals, bookshops and libraries have helped her to build an enthusiastic following. Andrea is the winner of the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction.
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