Andrea Levy, Every Light in the House Burnin'

Pavlina Flajsarova (Palacky University Olomouc)
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In her novels, Andrea Levy addresses the history of post-war Caribbean immigration to Britain. In Every Light in the House Burnin’ (1994) the author presents a Jamaican family who relocate from the Caribbean and settle in the United Kingdom. The passage they undertake sailing across the seas stands as illustrative for the journey that many former British colonial subjects have made after the Second World War in response to the calls for help in rebuilduiding the war-stricken British economy and in order to seek a better life in Britain. They follow the typical pattern; the father of the family arrives first and his relatives join him later. The novel is set in London in the 1960s and 1970s and has at its centre what has been termed the Windrush generation: those who arrived with the…

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Citation: Flajsarova, Pavlina. "Every Light in the House Burnin'". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 July 2019 [, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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