Every Light in the House Burnin' Paperback – 23 Feb 1995
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'The story is well told, does not dodge complexity and rings true' (The Times)
'Andrea Levy is the long awaited birdsong of one born Black and Gifted in Britain. Let her sing and sing and sing' Marsha Hunt (Marsha Hunt)
'An extremely powerful novel' (TLS)
'An interesting and touching book' (Daily Telegraph)
'Humorous and moving, unflinching and without sentiment' (Independent on Sunday)
'Levy's skill and cunning leave the reader shaken' (The Voice)
Andrea Levy is the long awaited birdsong of one born Black and Gifted in Britain. Let her sing and sing and sing (Marsha Hunt)
'The only disappointment is that after two hundred and fifty pages, it ends' (Literary Review)
'An interesting and touching book' (Sunday Telegraph)
An emotional debut novel, both funny and moving, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize for FictionSee all Product description
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I found the book hilariously funny in places and tremendously sad in others and in the end was forced to read it in one sitting purely because I couldn't wait to find what happened next.
I very much look forward to reading more novels by this author.
By the time that Andrea Levy had penned Small Island she had matured into a fine writer and that book remains one of the best to come out of the UK in recent years. This novel was early practice.
The chapters alternate between Angela's childhood - from the first time she has her hair straightened to her first experiences of avocado and pizza - and her grim present where her father is dying of cancer. The switch between memories of the man who brought her up, to the reality of a man desperate not to die, engulfs the reader in a maze of emotion. Mr Jacob's progress through the NHS of the late 60's and encounters with professionals who don't care, is heartbreaking. I kept telling myself that it couldn't possibly happen but then had to admit that it could.
Accounts of Angela's childhood tell us much of what it means to be black and British and to search for acceptance within a society that doesn't know how to define you.
"Every light in the House Burnin'" is a must for anyone regardless of colour or gender but might I suggest a box of tissues for the end?
Andrea writes with such a feeling of sincerity, making the characters in this novel very believable. Every Light in the House burning is a very engaging and moving novel, which I found I whizzed through and shed tears finishing it on the train.
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