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Andrea Levy was an English novelist, born in London to Jamaican parents. Levy’s novels explore topics related to British Jamaicans and how they negotiate racial, cultural, and national identities.
Andrea Levy Biography
Andrea Levy was born on 7th March 1956 and died on 14th February 2019. He was an English novelist, born in London to Jamaican parents. Levy’s novels explore topics related to British Jamaicans and how they negotiate racial, cultural, and national identities.
|Andrea Levy Born||She was born on 7th March 1956, in London, England|
|Andrea Levy Died||She died on 14th February 2019 (aged 62)|
|Andrea Levy Spouse||Bill Mayblin|
|Notable works||Small Island (2004) | The Long Song (2010)|
|Notable awards||Orange Prize for Fiction | Whitbread Book of the Year | Commonwealth Writers Prize|
|Andrea Levy Husband||Bill Mayblin|
|Andrea Levy Parents||Amy Levy, Winston Levy|
Early life and Education
She was of primarily Afro-Jamaican descent. Her paternal grandfather was of Jewish origin and a Scots maternal great-grandfather. Her father came to Britain on the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948, with her mother following afterwards. Levy grew up on a council estate in Highbury, London. She attended Highbury Hill Grammar School and had a typical working-class upbringing. She attended Highbury Hill Grammar School.
The casual racism Levy encountered during her childhood was “rarely violent, or extreme”, she wrote in 2014, but it had a profound effect. She studied textile design and became a costume assistant working part-time in the costume departments of the BBC and the Royal Opera House. Levy starting a graphic design company with her husband Bill Mayblin. During this time she experienced a form of awakening to her identity concerning both her gender and her race. She gained resonance of the power of books and began to read “excessively”: it was easy enough to find literature by black writers from the United States, but she could find very little literature from black writers in the United Kingdom.
Levy began writing in her mid-30s. She enrolled in Alison Fell’s Creative Writing class at the City Lit in 1989 and continued on the course for seven years.
Levy published her first novel ‘Every Light in the House Burning 1994.’ In it, a young black woman returns to help with her father’s cancer and looks back on her childhood on a council estate and her parents’ journey from Jamaica to London.
Levy published three novels in the 1990s that brought her positive reviews and steady sales. But her fourth novel, Small Island, launched her into the literary big league, winning the 2004 Orange prize, the Whitbread book of the year and the Commonwealth Writers’ prize, selling more than 1m copies around the world and inspiring a 2009 BBC TV adaptation.
Levy followed her passions back to early 19th-century Jamaica for her last novel, The Long Song. It explores the everyday realities of life on a slave plantation. When she started writing, she had intended to examine a much broader sweep of history, but “you can’t avoid slavery,” she said. “You have to go to that place. You keep banging into it.”
Levy was the subject of a profile in Alan Yentob’s BBC One television series Imagine, entitled “Andrea: Her Island Story” and first shown in December 2018.
Andrea Levy Husband
Levy was married to Bill Mayblin.
Andrea Levy Death and Cause
Andrea Levy died on Thursday, 14 February 2019. She had been diagnosed with incurable breast cancer fifteen years before her death.