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Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy

Today we heard the incredibly sad news of the death of novelist Andrea Levy, aged 62.

 

Andrea was born in London in 1956 to parents who travelled to Britain from the Caribbean, her father on the Empire Windrush ship in 1948 and her mother shortly after. Her writing would go on to capture the Windrush generation, chronicling the experience of Jamaican British people.

 

In 2004 her novel Small Island won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Both Small Island and The Long Song, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, were adapted into BBC dramas. Meanwhile, the theatrical adaptation of the former will open at the Olivier theatre in May.

 

Levy provided great support to the Man Booker Prize, taking part in the Booker Prize Foundation’s university programme with an event in Newcastle in 2011 and getting involved in its Books Unlocked work in prisons with the National Literacy Trust.

 

On behalf of the Booker Prize Foundation we’d like to extend our sympathies to Andrea’s family and friends.