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Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy

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First broadcast: Sun 12 Jun 2011

Novelist

Kirsty Young's castaway is the writer Andrea Levy.

Born in London to Jamaican parents, she has spent much of her career describing the experiences of Caribbean immigrants and cementing the role they have played in British life. Her books have found both a large and appreciative audience as well as critical success - Small Island was named Whitbread Book of the Year, while Long Song, was shortlisted for the Man-Booker Prize. Her achievements are all the more extraordinary because she says she didn't read her first novel until she was 23 years old. She says: "The reason I write is because I am exploring my heritage - and there's still a lot of that story untold."

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Frank Sinatra

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Frank Sinatra

High Hopes

Composer: J Van Heusen/S Cahn

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Ska Toons

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Ska Toons

I’m in the Mood for Love

Composer: Fields & McHugh

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Georgie Fame

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Georgie Fame

Yeh Yeh

Composer: Grant-Patrick-Hendricks

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St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

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St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Composer: Hubert Parry

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Martin Phipps

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Castaway's favourite

Martin Phipps

The theme for Small Island television series

Composer: Martin Phipps

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Bob Marley

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Bob Marley

Redemption Song

Composer: B Marley

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Nina Simone

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Nina Simone

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Composer: Donaldson-Kahn Artist:

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Al Green

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Al Green

Let's Stay Together

Composer: Mitchell/Green/Jackson

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Book

Roget's Thesaurus by

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mosquito repellent

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