The Long Song: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
Now a major BBC TV drama, starring Tamara Lawrance, Lenny Henry and Hayley Atwell.
A Sunday Times bestseller (2011), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Long Song by Andrea Levy is a hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking and unputdownable novel of the last days of slavery in Jamaica, for those who loved Homegoing, The Underground Railroad, or the film 12 Years a Slave.
'A marvel of luminous storytelling' Financial Times
You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the
July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was present when slavery was declared no more. My son says I must convey how the story tells also of July's mama Kitty, of the negroes that worked the plantation land, of Caroline Mortimer the white woman who owned the plantation and many more persons besides - far too many for me to list here. But what befalls them all is carefully chronicled upon these pages for you to peruse.
Perhaps, my son suggests, I might write that it is a thrilling journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. All this he wishes me to pen so the reader can decide if this is a novel they might care to consider. Cha, I tell my son, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just read it for themselves.
About Andrea Levy
Reviews for The Long Song: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
'Bittersweet and mischievous, Levy's keenly awaited new novel is worth the wait for all fans of her SMALL ISLAND'
'Slavery is a grim subject indeed, but the wonder