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The Resource Small island, Andrea Levy

Small island, Andrea Levy

Label
Small island
Title
Small island
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Levy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1948, four very different Britons are thrown together in a central-London terrace. Queenie Bligh, an unremarkable working-class woman, is awaiting the return from war service of her husband Bernard. In the meantime, she takes as a boarder a black Jamaican man who was briefly billeted to her house during the war. Then Gilbert's new bride, the prim and proud Hortense, turns up from Jamaica bearing misapprehension about English life and the place of a black woman in it. Then there's the long-awaited return of Queenie's husband, Bernard, who is racist, and somewhat war-damaged. Hortense discovers that her status is the same as that of any other black migrant. The revelation almost destroys her self-esteem, but it also sets her on a path to self-discovery. She ends by beginning to understand Gilbert's strength, Queenie's kindness and the sympathies she shares with them
Summary
Returning to England after the war Gilbert Joseph is treated very differently now that he is no longer in an RAF uniform. Joined by his wife Hortense, he rekindles a friendship with Queenie who takes in Jamaican lodgers. Can their dreams of a better life in England overcome the prejudice they face?.
Theme
Storyline
Writing style
Award
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, 2005.
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South Asia and Europe: Best Book, 2005.
  • Orange Prize for Fiction, 2004.
  • Whitbread Book Award for Novel, 2004.
  • Whitbread Book of the Year Award, 2004.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
125631
Cataloging source
UKM
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6112.E889
LC item number
S63 2004
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
780
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Small island, Andrea Levy
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
5049912
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
441 p.
Isbn
9780755307517
Isbn Type
(trade pbk.)
Lccn
2005415917
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm53393222
  • (OCoLC)53393222
Label
Small island, Andrea Levy
Publication
Control code
5049912
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
441 p.
Isbn
9780755307517
Isbn Type
(trade pbk.)
Lccn
2005415917
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm53393222
  • (OCoLC)53393222

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