Fruit of the Lemon

Fruit of the Lemon

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Faith Jackson fixes herself up with a great job in TV and the perfect flatshare. But neither is that perfect - and nor are her relations with her overbearing, though always loving family. Furious and perplexed when her parents announce their intention to retire back home to Jamaica, Faith makes her own journey there, where she is immediately welcomed by her Aunt Coral, keeper of a rich cargo of family history. Through the weave of her aunt's storytelling a cast of characters unfolds stretching back to Cuba and Panama, Harlem and Scotland, a story that passes through London and sweeps through continents.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 131 x 199 x 24mm | 291g
  • Headline Review
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • facsimiles, tables
  • 9780747261148
  • 81,739

Review Text

''Levy has a gift for creating character through mimickry, bu tnever succumbs to thepitgalls of sentiment masquerading as authenticity. This is a comic but sharp novel that steers its readers confidently through its heroine's revelatory journey' Times
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Review quote

''Levy has a gift for creating character through mimickry, bu tnever succumbs to thepitgalls of sentiment masquerading as authenticity. This is a comic but sharp novel that steers its readers confidently through its heroine's revelatory journey' Times Funny and moving... Levy is an ironic comedian whose subtle, intelligent novel steers well clear of whimsy * Guardian * A pleasure to read... Entertaining and revelatory * TLS * 'Written in an accessible, friendly style' Independent on Sunday Reinforces Levy's reputation as an astute observer of modern British life * Financial Times * Always refreshingly undogmatic... [readers] will recognise the truthfulness of the world which Andrea Levy describes * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Andrea Levy

After she passed away on the 14th of February 2019, the Bookseller wrote: 'Andrea Levy will be remembered as a novelist who broke out of the confines assigned to her by prejudice to become a both a forerunner of Black British excellence and a great novelist by any standards.'


Born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948, Andrea Levy wrote the novels that she had always wanted to read as a young woman, engaging books that reflect the experiences of black Britons and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean. She was described by BBC News as 'a writer who tackled important social issues . . . her writing . . . witty, humane and often moving, and full of richly drawn characters'.


She was the author of six books, including SMALL ISLAND, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and the Whitbread book of the Year, and was adapted for TV and for the stage, by the National Theatre. It was selected by the BBC as one of its '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'. Her most recent novel, THE LONG SONG, won the Walter Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was adapted for TV by the BBC.
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Rating details

2,091 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 17% (348)
4 38% (799)
3 35% (729)
2 8% (177)
1 2% (38)
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