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Small Island

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1 edition (11 March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755307518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755307517
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 19.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
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'What makes Levy's writing so appealing is her even-handedness. All her characters can be weak, hopeless, brave, good, bad - whatever their colour. The writing is rigorous and the bittersweet ending, with its unexpected twist, touching... People can retain great dignity, however small their island' Independent on Sunday, 25/1/04 - Independent on Sunday

'A brilliantly deft and humane account of two ordinary couples in post-war London' Evening Standard, 3 February 2004 - Evening Standard

'Small Island is never less than finely-written, delicately and often comically observed, and impressively rich in detail and little nuggets of stories' Evening Standard, 2 February 2004 - Evening Standard

'Every scene is rich in implication, entrancing and disturbing at the same time; the literary equivalent of a switch-back ride' The Sunday Times, 29/2/04 - The Sunday Times

'Small Island is as full of warmth and jokes and humanity as you could wish...Such a rich saga, stuffed full of interlocking narratives' Time Out, 2 February 2004 - Time Out

'An involving saga about the changing face of Britain' Mirror, 6 February 2004 - Mirror

'It's an engrossing read - slyly funny, passionately angry and wholly involving' Daily Mail, 6 February 2004 - Daily Mail

'I know it is a fiction, but I emerged from the book full of admiration for the patience and resilience of that generation.

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 and FRUIT OF THE LEMON, all of which were critically acclaimed. She has been a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, a recipient of an Arts Council Writer's Award, and lives and works in London.

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