The Dark Circle

About the Book:

The new novel by the acclaimed author of Upstairs at the Party and the Man Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on Their Backs

The Second World War is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium in Kent to learn the way of the patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a young university graduate, a mysterious German woman, a member of the aristocracy and an American merchant seaman. They discover that a cure is tantalisingly just out of reach and only by inciting wholesale rebellion can freedom be snatched.


Hardback | ISBN: 9780349006758 | RRP: £16.99

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‘…refreshingly original…’

‘…sharp, bright, heartbreaking…’
– Christabel Kent, Guardian

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’
– Rosamund Urwin, Evening Standard

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

‘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’
– John Harding, Daily Mail

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’
– John Sutherland, The Times

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

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

‘an immensely enjoyable and beautifully written book, filled with humour and pathos’
– Ian Critchley, Literary Review

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

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