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Released February 2, 2004
ISBN 9780755307494

£90.00

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...

Book Condition & Notes

Bumping to bottom corners, and a small indent to top of back board. Some bruising along top edge of unclipped dust jacket.


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Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948.

After attending writing workshops when she was in her mid-thirties, Levy began to write the novels that she, as a young woman, had always wanted to read - entertaining novels that reflect the experiences of black Britons.

She was the author of seven novels, Every Light in the House Burnin', Never Far From Nowhere, Fruit of the Lemon, Small Island, Six Stories and an Essay, Uriah's War and The Long Song. She had been a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Orange Futures and the Saga Prize, and has been a recipient of an Arts Council Award.

Her second novel, Never Far From Nowhere, was long listed for the Orange Prize, and Small Island, won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction: Best of the Best, the Whitbread Novel Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It has now been adapted into a major BBC TV drama.

Andrea's final novel, The Long Song, was published in September 2019 by Tinder Press.

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Book Condition & Notes

Bumping to bottom corners, and a small indent to top of back board. Some bruising along top edge of unclipped dust jacket.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.