British author Andrea Levy, whose award-winning novels captured the black British experience in the years after Windrush, has died.
She was 62.
A statement released on behalf of her family said she died of cancer.
Levy was born in 1956 to Jamaican parents who had travelled to England on the Empire Windrush in 1948.
Sir Lenny Henry, who played a slave in the BBC adaptation of her novel The Long Song, said he had “loved hanging out with this pugnacious woman”.
The author was best known for Small Island, about two Jamaicans who came to England after World War Two, and The Long Song, her last novel.
The 2010 novel was nominated for the Booker Prize and was adapted by BBC One last year.