One more for ‘Archives in Fiction’

I have just finished reading The Long Song, by Andrea Levy. It is the fictional rendition of a former slave’s account of her life and times and, from the historian’s point of view, is an excellent play on the issue of listening for the voice in archive documents, contemporary printed sources and, indeed, history books themselves. It is also magnificently exposes the complex relationships that lie behind the phenomenon of racism, especially in British society. I have added ‘Miss July’s’ voice to the Archives in Fiction section on this blog. Enjoy and think, and, if you haven’t already, go and read the book!

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