The Dark Circle – upcoming events

December 8th 2016

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Linda will appear at Waterstones Gower Street in London on Thursday 8th December for ‘An Unashamedly Literary Christmas Party’ – see here for details.

Tickets are now on sale for Linda’s event at Jewish Book Week on Sunday March 5, 2017. Book yours here.

The Dark Circle jacket


Reviews for The Dark Circle

December 8th 2016

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Fantastic review have come in for Linda’s latest novel, The Dark Circle

‘Exhilaratingly good… This is a novel whose engine is flesh and blood, not cold ideas… Grant brings the 1950s – that odd, downbeat, fertile decade between war and sexual liberation – into sharp, bright, heart-breaking focus’- Guardian, Christabel Kent

‘The Dark Circle is a fine novel, and further proof that Grant can conjure up a special mood in a specific period, with great humour and humanity’ – Telegraph

‘In clear unadorned prose, Grant does a fine job of encouraging us to find joy in the small pleasure of these diminished lives’ – The Financial Times

‘The Dark Circle is a compelling tale’ – Sunday Express

‘Linda Grant weaves a series of deft portraits, capturing the spirit of the group as it wavers on a precipice’ – TLS

‘A rich, engaging novel, further proof that Grant can conjure up a special mood in a specific period with great humour’ – Sunday Telegraph

‘It really is an amazing subject, wonderfully depicted in its setting, with plausible people whom I grew to love…and the most amazing plot developments. So original and full of life. For someone who remembers those days it was totally plausible…. – Joan Bakewell

‘Linda Grant’s The Dark Circle is an extraordinary depiction of the physical and emotional experience of illness. She marvellously communicates the poignancy of youth and sexuality in the presence of impending death. Grant’s voice is unlike any other writer; so immediate and engaged even when writing historical fiction’ – Natasha Walter

‘…refreshingly original’ – The Independent

‘The Dark Circle feels personal to me….an enthralling cast….Grant captures the stigma that surrounded TB perfectly. The Dark Circle shows us why
it was once so feared’ – Evening Standard, Rosamund Urwin

‘…a writer whose language crackles with vitality and whose descriptive powers are working at such a high level’ – Spectator, Susan Hill

‘Linda Grant brings a forgotten slice of social and medical history to life by conjuring a rich cast of disparate…characters observed with wry humour and affection to produce an absorbing and profoundly moving story’ – Daily Mail, review, John Harding

‘The Dark Circle is, beneath its narrative surface, fiercely political. She poses a large, naggingly relevant, question. What would (will?) privatisation of the NHS mean? Read this fine, persuasive, moving novel and contemplate — if you can dare to — that awful possibility’ – Times, John Sutherland

‘…thoroughly researched, with an emphasis on authentic historical detail’ – Sunday Times

‘The novel is funny but also poignant…I loved it’ – Stylist

‘The Dark Circle is an immensely enjoyable and beautifully written book, filled with humour and pathos’- Literary Review, Ian Critchley

‘Grant’s take on sanatorium life is a far cry from Mann’s The Magic Mountain or its romanticised ilk, and this makes for refreshingly original reading … an astonishingly good period piece’ – Independent, Lucy Scholes

‘A revealing insight…both funny and illuminating, it is a novel about what it means to treat people well, medically, emotionally and politically’
Observer, Hannah Beckerman

‘…she’s so good at conjuring up atmosphere and writes with earthy vivacity’ – Mail on Sunday, Anthony Gardner

‘ As a work of social history it is brilliant… and many of the characters are exciting and involving and I love the end’ – Melissa Harrison

‘The Book is full of gem-like moments’ – Rosie Boycott


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 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.