Walter Scott Prize goes to Andrea Levy

Levy said she was “very honoured” to have been chosen by judges as this year’s winner. “This is a generous literary prize which focuses attention on an important aspect of the role of fiction. Fiction can – and must – step in where historians cannot go because of the rigour of their discipline. Fiction can breathe life into our lost or forgotten histories,” said the author, who won the Orange prize for her evocation of a Jamaican immigrant couple in postwar London, Small Island.

 “My subject matter has always been key to what and why I write – the shared history of Britain and those Caribbean islands of my heritage,” she added. “So lastly I would like to remember all those once-enslaved people of the Caribbean who helped to make us all what we are today.”

Andrea Levy speaks about her book

~ by eneryvibes on 1,June 30, 2011.

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