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a wonderful read
on October 25, 2004
It's 1948 in an England that is still shaken by the Second World War. Gilbert Joseph is one of the thousands of West Indian men who came to the aid of the Mother country and served in the RAF. He returns to England from Jamaica in search of a better life, and is shocked by the reactions of the people, to his presence.
Through the stories of Gilbert, Hortense, Queenie and Bernard-Small Island explores a point in England's past when the country began to change, and addresses the weighty themes of empire, prejudice, war and love with charm, humour and a generosity of spirit that challenges and uplifts the reader.
I LOVED this book...Andrea Levy is funny as only the British can be about themselves. I had the pleasure of hearing her read at the Writers and Readers Festival in Vancouver and purchased several autographed copies for my family. This really is a must read for everyone.