We Had It So Good

We Had it So Good

About the Book:

In 1968 Stephen Newman arrives in England from California. Sent down from Oxford, he hurriedly marries his English girlfriend Andrea to avoid returning to America and the draft board. Over the next forty years they and their friends build lives of middle-class success until the events of late middle-age and the new century force them to realise that their fortunate generation has always lived in a fool’s paradise.

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Published by Virago
Hardback | ISBN: 9781844086375 | RRP: £14.99

Published by Scribner [April 2011]
Hardback | ISBN: 9781451617405 | RRP: $25.00

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‘…most interesting and illuminating as an essay, a portrait of a generation. It makes uncomfortable, fascinating reading. Babyboomers beware’
– Joanna Briscoe, The Guardian

‘Linda Grant’s brilliant new novel is an unflinching look at her own now middle-aged contemporaries … we become emotionally invested in the lives of these characters, even when they make us roll our eyes’
Sunday Business Post Ireland

‘Grant’s novel coolly espouses this philosophy, relying for its emotional impact on the painstaking accumulation of detail rather than a driving narrative … Her delineation of character is judicious rather than passionate – so that even characters in extremis live out their dramas at a safe distance from the reader’s heart.’ – Irish Independent

‘Grant’s previous work has proved she is a literary force to be reckoned with. We Had It So Good is an ambitious novel of our times’
Daily Express

‘There could be no finer guide than Grant to both the exuberance and the ideology of this much-mythologised decade. Compelling, perceptive and deeply humane novel’
Daily Mail

‘I would not be surprised to see this new novel on shortlists in 2011’
– Rachel Hore, The Independent on Sunday

‘Vivid, upbeat and reflective’
The Times, Must Reads