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Man Booker shortlist: Andrea Levy

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Andrea Levy

Man Booker nominated novel The Long Song features the story of July, a slave girl on a Jamaican sugar plantation during the years leading up to the abolition of slavery.

Author Andrea Levy tells arts correspondent Rebecca Jones about the life affirming message of survival in a barbaric system which inspired the novel.


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