The Cast Iron Shore

The Cast Iron Shore

About the Book:

‘This is a capacious and wide-ranging book, not just about individuals but about the history they move through. Whether the scene is Liverpool in the Blitz, a potato-chip factory in the prairies or a seedy hotel room in Hanoi, the writing is immediate … Grant approaches each character with insight and a tart sympathy’ Hilary Mantel, Literary Review

Sybil Ross has been brought up by her Jewish furrier father and style-obsessed mother as an empty-headed fashion plate. But on the worst night of Liverpool’s blitz she uncovers a secret that leaves her disorientated. When the war is over, Sybil embarks on a voyage that leads her to the very edge of America, and to a final choice.

The Cast Iron Shore is a beautiful evocation of one woman’s journey from the 1930s to the 1990s, combining the personal and political in an outstanding first novel.

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Published by Virago
Paperback | ISBN: 9781844086481 | RRP: £8.99

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‘Witty, stirring, formidable, above all readable.’
– Angus Calder, Scotland on Sunday

‘This super-subtle work is like a delicately spiced dish whose aftertaste testifies to the chef’s skill: more striking in retrospect.’
Time Out

‘Linda Grant’s remarkably accomplished first novel is piercingly sad.’
The Guardian

‘Grant writes with an elegant restraint and honesty which suit her themes. The narrative, with its portrait of post-war American society in the 1940s and 1950s, has all the complexity of real life but leaves no detail unresolved. The character of Sybil, prosaic, strong-willed, self-absorbed, sexy and charming, is entirely credible, a woman belonging both to her time and to herself’
Jewish Chronicle

‘Intelligent and ambitious. . . The Cast Iron Shore is a novel of ideas, and it aspires almost passionately – to address questions which can only be called metaphysical: of freedom and identity, of purpose and becoming… fascinating.’
Times Literary Supplement

‘A remarkable chronicle of the second half of the twentieth century… Grant’s outstanding novel demonstrates a commendable ambivalence towards its utopian socialist characters. She offers us big ideas and a clever plot, along with some truly fine writing.’
Daily Telegraph