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Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: Uriah’s War

Reading Uriah’s War was another history lesson for me as I was unaware that West Indian men volunteered to fight for the British Empire during First World War. According to the introduction, Andrea Levy’s grandfather had been at the Somme in France during the war, probably attached to a labor battalion “that needed just as […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: The Empty Pram

According to the introduction, Andrea Levy had written The Empty Pram as a commissioned piece for a women’s magazine. However, the editor of the magazine had refused to print the story saying it’s too controversial! The Empty Pram is set in 1948 and the narrator of the story had just moved to England from Jamaica […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: Loose Change

We all have come across heart-rending stories of refugees. I for one, can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to leave most of what you loved and built behind and find yourself begging for a chance – a chance to live, a chance to be happy again – from a bunch of foreigners in an […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: That Polite Way That English People Have

In That Polite Way That English People Have, Andrea Levy introduces Hortense “Blossom” Hunter to us, who would later become a main character in Small Island novel. In the short story we have Hortense, who has worked hard from the age of sixteen to buy a passage to go to England and train as a nurse. Hortense […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: Deborah

Truth to be told, Deborah, the second short story in the collection gave me heebie jeebies! The story had been written at a time two minors had committed murder (I think Andrea Levy was referring to this), when newspapers were full of discussions on evil children as a result. In the story, Deborah is a young girl […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: The Diary

The Diary, the first short story in the collection is one of Andrea Levy’s earliest works. In the introduction Andrea Levy says how often people mistakenly think writing short stories takes less time, when in reality it can be consuming as any novel. Although I’m not a writer, I share her view. Now, moving to […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy: Back to My Own Country

It was early nineteen sixties, a time where a black man riding a bus was not a common sight in London. He was talkative, but in a bus full of white people he was an alien and no one wanted anything to do with him. This encounter is one that became embedded in young Andrea Levy’s mind, […]

Six Stories and an Essay by Andrea Levy

Small Island, Andrea Levy’s well known novel has been sitting on my shelves for a few years now, but for some reason I never got around reading it. So I thought I will give Six Stories and an Essay a try and see if I could get myself motivated to read Small Island sooner than later. 😀 […]