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Andrea on her novel 'The Long Song'

Andrea Levy tells the story of how she came to write this fascinating novel of Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed.

July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity, and it is her life that is the subject of this tale. She was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and she was also present when slavery was declared no more.