Born in north London in 1956 to Jamaican parents, Andrea Levy is one of Britain's most acclaimed contemporary writers and her four novels to date have received enthusiastic praise from critics as well as numerous awards. In 1998 she received an Arts Council Writers' Award and, more recently, she has been presented with the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Orange Best of the Best prize, the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (all for Small Island).
Levy's father arrived in England on the Empire Windrush in 1948 (her mother joined him around six months later), and the experiences and legacy of “the Windrush generation” of immigrants is one of the central themes of her work. Her first three …
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Perfect, Michael. "Andrea Levy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 June 2009
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