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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.


WBC: Andrea Levy

February 6th, 2010

Episode 252 of 338 episodes

Winner of the UK's Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, the Orange Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Small Island is a heart-warming and thought-provoking tale of love, friendship and immigration set in London during and after World War II. It focuses on the diaspora of Jamaican immigrants, who, escaping economic hardship on their own "small island," move to England, the Mother Country, for which the men have fought during World War II. Told through the intertwining stories of three very different characters the reception offered by an exhausted postwar Britain is not quite the warm embrace that they’d hoped for.