Video: Andrea Levy on Small Island: "I never thought people would be interested"

Andrea Levy
"I've grown up thinking I was worthless and that the story of the Caribbean was worthless and that people who came from that area were worthless. And then you write a book and people are interested in it", says Andrea Levy in an interview about her novel, SMALL ISLAND. Small Island is a 2004 prize-winning novel, it was adapted for television in two episodes by the BBC in 2009.
In 1948 Andrea Levy's father sailed from Jamaica to England on the Empire Windrush ship and her mother joined him soon after. Andrea was born in London in 1956, growing up black in what was still a very white England. This experience has given her an complex perspective on the country of her birth.