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A photograph of Andrea Levy with her parents at Brean Sands, Somerset in the early 1970s. Levy’s father Winston came to Britain from Jamaica on the Empire Windrush in 1948, followed by his wife Amy in November 1948.
Levy says of her parents ‘they didn’t want us to talk about Jamaica’; their attitude was to get on with things and not draw attention to yourself. She remembers her mother ‘was scared she wasn’t going to make this work, that that move that she’d made had taken her out of the middle class in Jamaica and had put her into a really very lowly position in this country.’ A teacher in Jamaica, in Britain Amy Levy took in sewing for a living until she obtained a British teaching qualification.