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Small Island - Andrea Levy (Book) - £4.49 delivered @ Amazon

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The Winner of the Whitbread Book Award 2004! Also winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2004... It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has …
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The Winner of the Whitbread Book Award 2004! Also winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2004...

It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie doesn't know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all. What else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. It's desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Gilbert's wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England. But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit, and far from the golden city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was.
"Entrancing and disturbing at the same time; the literary equivalent of a switch-blade ride' - The Sunday Times.
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#1
..read this when it first came out ..thoroughly good read
#2
Such a brilliant book, well worth a read, or two! and quite frankly a real eye opener and very embarrassing to think this sort of ignorant racism happened, times have changed thankfully.
#3
Shark Girl
.... times have changed thankfully.

.....or have they? ...sometimes I call a patient through for a consultation only for them to turn right around halfway through the door to go leave their bag with their husband. Oddly the husband doesn't pass his wallet over when it's his turn...
Anyway personal experiences aside..London is great place to live...never get bored.. some much to do , random acts of kindness & loads of wonderful people to know.
#4
darklight
.....or have they? ...sometimes I call a patient through for a consultation only for them to turn right around halfway through the door to go leave their bag with their husband. Oddly the husband doesn't pass his wallet over when it's his turn...
Anyway personal experiences aside..London is great place to live...never get bored.. some much to do , random acts of kindness & loads of wonderful people to know.


It depends if the doctor is a big scarey african one. No offence, i had to go to the docs a efew years ago to see a doc i'd not been to before, and a black african dude ( i heard his voice) was letting some people outta his room to get his next patient in, and i was hoping it wasnt going to be me :oops:

in the end i got a asian man though, and he wasnt english either!. I guess people in uk like to have a doctor they think they'll have something in common with :)
#5
Polly_P
It depends if the doctor is a big scarey african one. No offence, i had to go to the docs a efew years ago to see a doc i'd not been to before, and a black african dude ( i heard his voice) was letting some people outta his room to get his next patient in, and i was hoping it wasnt going to be me :oops:

in the end i got a asian man though, and he wasnt english either!. I guess people in uk like to have a doctor they think they'll have something in common with :)


"i heard his voice ...." ..a black African dude ..got an asian man "


..I stand to be corrected but I have a feeling you're on about a sliding colour scale here...
...would this asian doctor have been less acceptable if he was big ( & maybe scary)?
... or if he was white african with a regional african accent ( they exist you know) ??

I guess people in uk like to have a doctor they think they'll have something in common with

Iet me guess ..you're english asian & if a colour scale rules your life then your relief at getting an asian doctor as stated earlier is pretty evident...

..small island , small mind..well sometimes
#6
I count myself fortunate not to have encountered any racism in my life, either work or play, perhaps it is where I live (East Anglia) or the work I do (teacher) we must be doing something right or at the very least travelling in the right direction. I was really surprised to hear of other people walking out of consultations, don't they know how lucky they are to be there in the first place? Incredible.

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