Andrea Levy

  • Londres, 1948.
    L'angleterre est encore secouée par la guerre. au 21 nevern street vit queenie bligh, une belle femme de tempérament, élevée à la dure dans les midlands. son mari, bernard, n'est pas rentré des indes, où il servait dans la royal air force. pour survivre, queenie est contrainte de prendre des locataires, dont un couple de jamaïquains, gilbert et hortense. gilbert joseph vient lui aussi de faire la guerre sous le drapeau de l'empire et l'uniforme bleu de la raf.
    Déterminé à rester à londres, il subit bon gré mal gré le racisme ordinaire. sa jeune femme, hortense, a toujours rêvé de vivre en angleterre, mais la mère patrie ne correspond pas à ce qu'elle imaginait à l'ombre des manguiers. andrea levy tisse avec une grande finesse d'observation un roman à quatre voix, teinté d'humour et d'émotion, pétri d'exotisme et d'humanité. en évoquant la rencontre et le métissage des cultures, elle pose avec intelligence la question de l'intégration.
    Un grand roman, couronné de nombreux prix. unanimement célébré par la critique et le public.

  • Sur les conseils de son fils imprimeur, July entreprend le récit de sa vie en Jamaïque, en ce XIXe siècle qui voit l'abolition de l'esclavage. Née sur la plantation Amity, elle est la fille d'une «esclave des champs», travaillant dans les pièces de canne à sucre. Caroline Mortimer, tout juste débarquée d'Angleterre, s'attendrit devant cette enfant espiègle et l'arrache à sa mère pour en faire sa servante. Devenue esclave domestique, July va apprendre à vivre, à obéir, et à ruser dans une société coloniale à l'agonie.
    Le récit de July, c'est une voix unique, un franc-parler acquis dans les épreuves ; un regard acéré, souvent teinté d'ironie, porté sur elle-même et sur les personnages hauts en couleur qui croisent sa route ; un immense talent narratif, exprimé en des scènes foisonnantes ; tout un monde qui naît du souffle puissant de sa mémoire.

  • Anglais Small island

    Andrea Levy

    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.

  • Praise for Andrea Levy: 'There is great skill in the way she presents characters and dialogue; she has powers of observation and an ear for language that make her books a pleasure to read' Times Literary Supplement

  • Praise for Andrea Levy: 'There is great skill in the way she presents characters and dialogue; she has powers of observation and an ear for language that make her books a pleasure to read' Times Literary Supplement

  • From the author of "Every Light in the House Burnin'" comes this story of two sisters, Olive and Vivien, born in London to Jamaican parents and brought up on a council estate. They go to the same grammar school where their lives takes distinctly different paths.

  • Anglais FRUIT OF THE LEMON

    Andrea Levy

    Faith Jackson fixes herself up with a great job and the perfect flatshare. Neither are that perfect. Furious when her parents retire to Jamaica, she makes her own journey there. Here she is enfolded in her Aunt Coral's endless talk of ancestors, stretching back to Cuba, Panama, Harlem and Scotland.

  • A moving tale set in Jamaica during the last years of slavery from Orange Prize winner Andrea Levy

  • Andrea Levy, author of the Man Booker shortlisted novel THE LONG SONG and the prize-winning, million-copy bestseller SMALL ISLAND, draws together a remarkable collection of short stories from across her writing career, which began twenty years ago with the publication of her first novel, the semi-autobiographical EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOUSE BURNIN'.

    "None of my books is just about race," Levy has said. "They're about people and history." Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society in the nineteenth century, through post-war immigration into Britain, to the children of migrants growing up in '60s London, her books are acclaimed for skilful storytelling and vivid characters. And her unique voice, unflinching but filled with humour, compassion and wisdom, has made her one of the most significant and exciting contemporary authors.

    This collection opens with an essay about how writing has helped Andrea Levy to explore and understand her heritage. She explains the context of each piece within the chronology of her career and finishes with a new story, written to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. As with her novels, these stories are at once moving and honest, deft and humane, filled with insight, anger at injustice and her trademark lightness of touch.

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