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World Book Club

BBC World Service

Society & Culture, Personal Journals

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World Book Club invites the globe's great authors to discuss their best known novel. Presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from World Service listeners.

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Andrea Levy - Small Island

September 12th, 2007

Episode 144 of 340 episodes

Coming up as part of our London Calling season in the run up to the Olympic Games we've a second World Book Club in which we'll be discussing a novel about our capital city. This week, there’s a second chance to hear Andrea Levy discussing Small Island with a studio audience, the author revisits the West London setting of her multi-prize-winning novel. A thought-provoking tale of love, friendship and immigration set in Earl's Court in 1948, Small Island focuses on the diaspora of Jamaican immigrants, who, escaping economic hardship on their own "small island," move to England. Once in the mother country, however, for which the men had fought and died for during World War II, their reception is not quite the warm embrace that they had hoped for. Join Harriett Gilbert, readers in the studio and around the globe and Andrea Levy both in and out of the studio for this week's World Book Club. (Image: Author Andrea Levy)

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