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Andrea Levy is a Black British novelist with roots in Jamaica, who began publishing towards the end of the twentieth century. Her five novels (in 2015) centre on the attainment of satisfactory mixed-race and mixed-nationality identities. She presents even the seamiest sides of human behaviour with humour and an understanding of life renewing itself in the most hostile environments as in more favourable ones. Her novels have broadened and deepened from their early reliance on her own experience to the creation of characters whose experience is remote from that of herself or her potential readers. She has also written reviews, short stories, and non-fiction, but her website hardly mentions these, concentrating almost exclusively on her novels. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 March 1956 AL was born in London to parents who had immigrated eight years before from Jamaica. She is the youngest in their family of four. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 2004 AL's career took off with her fourth novel, Small Island, which won both the Orange Prize (worth £30,000) and the Whitbread Award for Fiction. Bibliographic Citation link.
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