Seeing clearly – Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy

I was sorry to see Andrea Levy has died. She was my age, which makes it feel so much worse.

Never having read any of her books, I still have that opportunity. An author leaves so much behind. But I don’t know why I didn’t before. There was time before I got caught up with non-stop children’s books.

Actually, I might know. There is a difference in how the press writes about a living person and how they are portrayed after death. I keep saying it’d be nice – for everyone – to read more about someone now, rather than save so much for when it feels too late.

I ‘met’ her once in Edinburgh, and having revisited that day just now, I do remember how appalled I was at the way the press officer held her glasses while the photographers did their thing.

Andrea Levy

But I suppose there are worse things in life than grubby lenses.

2 responses to “Seeing clearly – Andrea Levy

  1. I read Small World when it won the Orange Prize and always meant to read more of her work. I’ve just finished her debut novel Every Light in the House Burnin’ and loved it, I felt like I was reading about her family. I’m also going to read The Long Song, her last novel, such a sad loss, but as you say, there are still her books to read and share.

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