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A passionate and perceptive story full of the pain and the humour of growing up, from Andrea Levy, author of the Orange Prize winning SMALL ISLAND and the Man Booker shortlisted THE LONG SONG.

NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE is the story of two sisters, Olive and Vivien, born in London to Jamaican parents and brought up on a council estate. They go to the same grammar school, but while Vivien’s life becomes a chaotic mix of friendships, youth clubs, skinhead violence, A-levels, discos and college, Olive, three years older and a skin shade darker, has a very different tale to tell…

Reviews

'Painfully perceptive and passionate, NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE hits a raw nerve with its powerful concoction of poignancy and humour'
<i>Pride</i>
'Passionate and angry'
<i>TLS</i>
'In this lively, crisp, raw voice, young black Londoners may have found their Roddy Doyle'
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
'Levy's raw sense of realism and depth of feeling infuses every line'
<i>Elle</i>
'An inspired coming-of-age novel with a mature grasp of generational conflict, pressure to conform, and the fraught process of discovering one's identity, NEVER FAR FROM NOWHERE should be read by anyone who is growing up in Britain today'
<i>Scotsman</i>
'The story is well told, does not dodge complexity and rings true'
<i>The Times</i>