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The author, Linda Grant

Welcome to the website of Orange Prize for Fiction winning and Booker Prize shortlisted author Linda Grant.

This site contains information on Linda's published books, as well as her full biography, additional press resources and contact information.

The site is updated with the latest news and updates by Linda's UK publisher, Virago.

Latest News and Updates

Read about the homes that inspired The Dark Circle

November 10th 2016

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Was I once a kid

Linda Grant’s latest novel, The Dark Circle is out now. In an exclusive piece on the Virago website, Linda describes the atmostpheric London flats that led her to a cast of characters living in a tuberculosis sanatorium in post-war Britain . . .

The road I live on runs down to the main railway line from the north to King’s Cross. The road was built up at the turn of the last century to provide handsome double-fronted brick houses with stained-glass panels in the front doors for better-off city workers. Their first shot at glory was short-lived; in the twenties the houses declined into run-down lodging houses and bedsits but from the eighties they began to be restored by young middle-class couples looking for cheap family homes. Interspersed at odd intervals along my road are unexpected later developments, small post-war blocks of flats taking up the site of two or three former houses and it’s into one of these that that I moved three years ago.

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Linda Grant’s essay ‘I Murdered My Library’ available as a Kindle Single

May 19th 2014

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What happens when you begin to build a library in childhood and then find you have too many books? From a small collection held together by a pair of plaster of Paris horse-head bookends to books piled on stairs, and in front of each other on shelves, books cease to furnish a room and begin to overwhelm it. At the end of 2013, novelist Linda Grant moved from a rambling maisonette over four floors to a two bedroom flat with a tiny corridor-shaped study. The trauma of getting rid of thousands of books raises the question of what purpose personal libraries serve in contemporary life and the seductive lure of the Kindle. Both a memoir of a lifetime of reading and an insight into how interior décor has banished the bookcase, her account of the emotional struggle of her relationship with books asks questions about the way we live today.

Download ‘I Murdered My Library’ from Amazon now: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Murdered-My-Library-Linda-Grant-ebook/dp/B00K6JO15A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1400499877&sr=1-1&keywords=linda+grant

New novel from Linda Grant coming in July

March 12th 2014

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Virago is delighted to announce that Linda Grant’s new novel, entitled Upstairs at the Party, will be published this summer on July 3rd.

Upstairs at the Party is a powerful and captivating novel about the moments and secrets that shape all our lives. In the early seventies a glamorous and androgynous couple known collectively as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university.

To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas they seem blown back from the future, unsettling everything and uncovering covert desires. For Adele, with the most to conceal, Evie especially becomes a lifelong obsession, as she examines what happened on the night of her own twentieth birthday and her friends’ complicity in her fate. A set of school exercise books might reveal everything, but they have been missing for nearly forty years.

From summers in 1970s Cornwall to London in the twenty-first century, long after they have disappeared, Evie goes on challenging everyone’s ideas of what their lives should be.

Linda Grant to appear at Wood Green Literary Festival

August 28th 2013

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Linda Grant will be appearing at Wood Green Literary Festival on Sunday October 13th. For details and tickets see here

Linda Grant at the Jaipur Literature Festival

January 22nd 2013

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Linda Grant will be appearing at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2013. The details of her appearances are below, and you can find more information on the Jaipur Literature Festival website.

24th Jan – 6pm to 7pm
The Novel of the Future
Mohammed Hanif, Nadeem Aslam, Lawrence Norfolk, Howard Jacobson and Linda Grant in conversation with Zoe Heller
The novel has dominated literature since the mid-eighteenth century, taking the central place once occupied by plays, poems and epics. It has weathered the rise of cinema and television but in the digital future, its fate is uncertain. Was the nineteenth century the golden age of the novel, and has it been in decline ever since? Is the novel exhausted, as Naipaul has argued? Will the rise of Kindle and download piracy kill off its means of sustenance? Where does the novel go from here? Mohammed Hanif, Nadeem Aslam, Lawrence Norfolk, Howard Jacobson and Linda Grant in conversation with Zoe Heller.

25th Jan – 6pm to 7pm
The Jewish Novel
Linda Grant, Howard Jacobson, Gary Shteyngart and Andrew Solomon, moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Does the ‘Jewish novel’ really exist? Or are there just individual Jewish novelists? And do great writers always transcend the cultural and religious world they come from? Linda Grant, Howard Jacobson, Gary Shtyengart and Andrew Solomon discuss Jewishness and literature, moderated by Jonathan Shainin.

28th Jan – 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Beautiful Offspring: The Art of Historical Fiction
Linda Grant, Madeline Miller, Philip Hensher and Lawrence Norfolk in conversation with Jeet Thayil
How do you write a novel set in a period of history which ended long before you were born? How important is historical research and realism? Novelists Linda Grant, Madeline Miller, Philip Hensher and Lawrence Norfolk discuss the genre in conversation with Jeet Thayil.