Literary Birthday – 7 March – Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy was born 7 March 1956 and died 14 February 2019.

Five Quotes

  1. Any character that I write who doesn’t have a sense of humour isn’t quite right.  I believe everybody has a sense of humour.
  2. There are some words that once spoken will split the world in two. There would be the life before you breathed them and then the altered life after they’d been said. They take a long time to find, words like that. They make you hesitate. Choose with care. Hold on to them unspoken for as long as you can just so your world will stay intact.
  3. Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.
  4. Give me writing that looks to have been made by some insect crawling dirty legs across the paper and I will print its sense, clear and precise. Show me blots and smudges of ink and I will see form. Let blades of grass blow together in the breeze and I will find words written in their flowing strands.
  5. The book you are now holding within your hand was born of a craving. My mama had a story…Her intention was that, once knowing the tale, I would then, at some other date, convey its narrative to my own daughters. And so it would go on.

Andrea Levy was an English author, born in London to Jamaican parents. She won the Orange Prize for Small Island and the Walter Scott Prize for The Long Song. Her novels dealt with the experience of Caribbean immigrants in Britain.

Image from author’s website.

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 7th March 2015