Why this book?
I read this novel many years ago and was blown away. I found it enlightening, skillfully written, and thought-provoking. I was particularly captured by its honesty and how the period was easily brought to life. I was right there, in the moment.
Small Island still holds a special place in my heart today as it began the sow the seeds for my own novels, to highlight and expose wrongs that are rarely written about without sounding preachy.
Set in WW11 and its aftermath, the drama dances swiftly into the light, and with it fearlessly reveals the curiosity of family dynamics, racism, and prejudice. I found it to be an excellent read. I would definitely add it to your reading list.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Hortense shared Gilbert's dream of leaving Jamaica and coming to England to start a better life. But when she at last joins her husband, she is shocked by London's shabbiness and horrified at the way the English live. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was. Queenie's neighbours do not approve of her choice of tenants, and neither would her husband, were he there. Through the stories of these people, Small Island explores a point in England's past when the country began to change.