London's literary crowd gathered in a tent at a South Bank car park on Tuesday evening for the announcement of the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Small Island is a tale about the experience of Jamaican migration to London after the Second World War. Toksvig, presented Levy with the £30,000 prize and the 'Bessie', a limited edition bronze figurine. Both are anonymously endowed.
Sandi Toksvig said: "Small Island is an astonishing tour de force by Andrea Levy. Juggling four voices, she illuminates a little known aspect of recent British history with wit and wisdom. A compassionate account of the problems of post war immigration, it cannot fail to have a strong modern resonance."
Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry