Small Island
Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781839040764Publication Date:
3 Mar 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 136 pages ISBN: 9781788505376Publication Date:
3 Mar 2022
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
National Theatre, London, 2019

Small Island (stage version)

By Andrea Levy Adapted by Helen Edmundson

Paperback £10.99£8.79

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Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica. Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer. Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Three intimately connected stories, tracing the tangled history of Jamaica and Britain.

Andrea Levy's epic novel, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, journeys from Jamaica to Britain in 1948 – the year that HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

Small Island was first performed at the National Theatre, London, in 2019, in an acclaimed production directed by Rufus Norris. This revised edition of the play was published alongside the revival of the production in 2022.

Also available: an English Mastery set text version of Small Island specifically for study as part of the English Mastery Secondary programme.

Press Quotes

'Extraordinary. A spectacular adaptation of Andrea Levy's Windrush novel'


'Edmundson has a knack for skilfully distilling story... ferociously entertaining'

Time Out

'A landmark in the National Theatre's history: a tumultuous epic about first-generation Jamaican immigrants... skilfully adapted... one of the most important plays of the year'


'Inspiring adaptation... a gripping state-of-the-nation epic... the show acknowledges struggle and strife on all sides, flies the flag for compassion and achieves a hard-won (and still to be fought for) inclusivity'


'A passionate engagement with the past that's sure to resonate with audiences at a time when the very idea of Britain is under such fierce scrutiny'

Evening Standard

'Utterly sensational – an engrossing, all-embracing piece of theatre... a staggering achievement'


'Beautifully translated to stage by adaptor Helen Edmundson, using thrilling theatrical solutions to honour Levy's epic - and still urgent - tale... a stirring spectacle that never loses sight of the people at its heart'

Broadway World

'What a huge-hearted achievement this is, a sweeping, captivating dramatisation... thrilling in its scope and exquisite in its detail... Helen Edmundson's adaptation feels at once effortlessly epic and delicately intimate'

Paperback,136 pages ISBN: 9781839040764Publication Date:
3 Mar 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,136 pages ISBN: 9781788505376Publication Date:
3 Mar 2022
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Andrea Levy:

Small Island
The Long Song

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Also by Helen Edmundson:

The Clearing
Queen Anne
Orestes: Blood and Light
Anna Karenina
The Heresy of Love
Gone to Earth
Coram Boy
Small Island
Mary Shelley
The Mill on the Floss
Thérèse Raquin
War and Peace
Mother Teresa is Dead
Swallows and Amazons
Life is a Dream

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