The Long Song: Now A Major BBC Drama (Hardback)Andrea Levy (author)
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Now a major BBC TV drama, starring Tamara Lawrance, Lenny Henry and Hayley Atwell.
A Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Long Song by Andrea Levy is a hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking and unputdownable novel of the last days of slavery in Jamaica, for those who loved Homegoing, The Underground Railroad, or the film 12 Years a Slave.
'A marvel of luminous storytelling' Financial Times
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 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 novel they might care to consider. Cha, I tell my son, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just read it for themselves.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 38 mm
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“The Long Song”
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A good read, although a little confusing at times. I admire the way Andrea Levy writes the dialect - it brings the characters to life.
I have read The Small Island, and will now look forward to reading her other books
“One of my favourite authors”
I really enjoyed the style of this book and how the narrative was done. I did want it to go on some more to find out what happened to one of the characters, there was a hint in the readers notes that suggests one of... More
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