Guardian Book Club speaks to Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy explains to the book club that the motivation driving Small Island was a wish to better understand both her parents’ generation – her father being among the generation of West Indians who arrived in England on the Empire Windrush – and the experience of the white English getting used to their new neighbours.

She says that during the research for the book, she was very struck by the differences between the reception met in wartime Britain by black American and Caribbean soldiers: how the former, living in segregated barracks, were met with immediate hostility; while the Caribbeans only began to encounter discrimination in the late 40s as the Windrush generation settled in England.

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,February 4, 2011.

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