The BBC and the British Caribbean
I was dissappointed recently that a three-part television documentary series on the History of the British Caribbean was turned down by the BBC. The programme that I and two other presenters had proposed through an independent production company would have looked at Britain's role in the Caribbean from the initial settlement by planters, the growth of the Royal Navy, piracy, the slave trade, plantation life and economy, and the colonial period right up the modern day diaspora of people from the Caribbean. Initially the BBC were interested in this rich and fascinating story, but in the end felt that they would have trouble finding an audience for it. I think they are wrong. So I continue to try to find a way of bringing this lost slice of Britain's history to a wider audience. I will post any developments.
Ten years on
To mark the tenth anniversary of the first publication of Small Island there is a new edition available from Headline. It has a great new foreword written by the Guardian journalist Gary Younge.
Of academic interest ...
The publisher Bloomsbury has a series of books called Critical Perspectives in Literature. They have published one on my work. It is titled Andrea Levy, Edited by Jeannette Baxter and David James. If you are interested in a detailed, analytical approach to reading my books you can find out more here on the Bloomsbury website.
Small Island audio download
There is now an unabridged audio version of my novel Small Island that I read myself. I really enjoyed doing it. It's now available to download. If you want to purchase it go to this link.
Small Island TV dramatisation
If you never saw it, or you'd like to see it again don't forget that the DVD of the BBC/Ruby Films dramatisation of Small Island (starring Naomi Harris, David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson and Benedict Cumberbatch) is available to purchase. See here.
The legacies of British slave-ownership
A team at University College London has been working on a project to investigate the practical and cultural legacies of slave ownership in the British Caribbean. They have created a superb website called The legacies of British slave-ownership that allows you to investigate all aspects of this forgotten chapter of British history.