The Long Song is the critically-acclaimed new novel from the incomparable Andrea Levy, author of the award-winning Small Island, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. Told in the unique voice of its narrator July, it is a compelling portrait of life on a nineteenth-century Jamaican sugar plantation, and an unflinching journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. Breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful, and heartbreaking, it is, quite simply, unputdownable.
Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948. She has lived all her life in London. 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, which look closely and perceptively at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean.
‘THE LONG SONG is told with irresistible cunning; it is captivating, mischievous and optimistic, generating new stories and plot lines throughout the tale’ The Daily Telegraph
‘Beautifully written, intricately plotted, humorous and earthy…’ The Financial Times
'Powerful and heartbreaking’ Daily Express
‘A novel such as SMALL ISLAND is a hard act to follow, but in her new book Levy has moved into top gear… She dares to write about her subject in an entertaining way without ever trivialising it and THE LONG SONG reads with the sort of ebullient effortlessness that can only be won by hard work’ The Observer
Andrea Levy is the author of THE LONG SONG, SMALL ISLAND, FRUIT OF THE LEMON, NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE, EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOUSE BURNIN'
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 and in 2009 was adapted into a major BBC TV drama
THE LONG SONG was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010 and was voted outstanding audiobook of the year in The Times
This App contains the eBook of The Long Song plus the unabridged audiobook read by Andrea Levy and Adrian Lester. It also contains an interactive picture gallery with pictures taken by the author in Jamaica while on a research trip. There is a picture commentary read by the author.
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