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Small Island (Paperback)
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Small Island (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 13/09/2004
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Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, as well as many other awards, Andrea Levy's SMALL ISLAND is a delicately wrought and profoundly moving novel of empire, prejudice, war and love. It has now been adapted into a major BBC TV drama. It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie doesn't know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all. What else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. It's desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Gilbert's wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England. But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit, and far from the golden city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was...

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780755307500

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“Very enjoyable read”

I enjoyed this book very much.

It reveals racism in 1940's Britain.
The format of the book was 'before' and 'after' with 4 main charactors.

8th May 2011
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“Loved this book!”

I read this in one evening. It is yet another book that is such an enjoyable read, it makes it difficult to put down. I am an avid reader, and if a book is good I tend to lose myself in the story to the detriment of... More

23rd February 2011
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“small island”

Great book i would thoroughly recomend it.

11th December 2009
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