— [http://goo.gl/Y38KFQ] Small Island is a 2004 prize-winning novel by British author Andrea Levy. It was adapted for television in two episodes by the BBC in 2009, and has been translated into many different languages.



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The novel is based on four main characters: Hortense, Queenie, Gilbert and Bernard and the story is told from each of their points of view. Its main plot is set in 1948 and focuses on the diaspora of Jamaican immigrants, who, escaping economic hardship on their own "small island," move to England, the Mother Country, for which the men have fought during World War II. While the novel focuses on the narratives of Gilbert and Hortense as they adjust to life in England, after a reception that is not quite the warm embrace that they have hoped for, the interracial relationship between Queenie and Michael is central to the plot and the connections that are established between all of the characters.


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As the story is narrated from various view points, it is achronological, skipping around to discuss each character's life before the outbreak of WWII. (English audio) ::






Windrush BBC Documentary (Black London UK) - HMT Empire Windrush was a passenger liner and cruise ship and it is remembered today for bringing one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom, carrying 492 passengers and one stowaway on a voyage from Jamaica to London in 1948. British Caribbean people who came to the United Kingdom in the period after World War 2 are sometimes referred to as the Windrush generation ::






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