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Small Island

by Andrea Levy - £8.99  Review (2004)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780755307500 | ISBN 10: 075530750x

Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but with her husband, Bernard, not back from the war, 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. His wife, Hortense, too, when she joins him, is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit and far from the city of her dreams.
Andrea Levy handles the weighty themes of empire, prejudice, war & love with a lightness of touch and a generosity of spirit, exploring a point in England's past when the country began to change.

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