Never Far from Nowhere

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Review, 1996 - Blacks - 282 pages
16 Reviews

A passionate and perceptive story full of the pain and the humour of growing up, from Andrea Levy, author of the Orange Prize winning SMALL ISLAND and the Man Booker shortlisted THE LONG SONG.

NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE is the story of two sisters, Olive and Vivien, born in London to Jamaican parents and brought up on a council estate. They go to the same grammar school, but while Vivien's life becomes a chaotic mix of friendships, youth clubs, skinhead violence, A-levels, discos and college, Olive, three years older and a skin shade darker, has a very different tale to tell...

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User Review  - Phredric - Goodreads

Andrea Levy is a great writer and I've really enjoyed her other books, especially Small Island and Fruit of the Lemon, but I didn't care as much for this book. Partly I think because the chapters are ... Read full review

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User Review  - D. Biswas - Goodreads

The writing in this book is very vivid, and the two voices of Vivien and Olive, difficult and captivating. I found the book hard to get into in the beginning, with all the social intricacies of ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948. After attending writing workshops when she was in her mid-thirties, Levy began to write the novels that she, as a young woman, had always wanted to read - entertaining novels that reflect the experiences of black Britons, which look at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean.

She has written five novels, been a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, Orange Futures and the Saga Prize, and has been a recipient of an Arts Council Award. Her most recent novel, THE LONG SONG, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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