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A Stranger City

LINDA GRANT WINS 2020 WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE

Linda Grant’s compelling love letter to London life – A Stranger City – has won the 2020 Wingate Literary Prize.   Described by critics as a ‘deeply important novel for right now’, Grant’s seventh novel, […]

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SHORT LIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 WINGATE PRIZE

We are delighted to announce that Linda Grant’s new novel A Stranger City has been shortlisted for the 2020 Wingate Prize.   Find out more about the prize here: http://www.wingatefoundation.org.uk/literary_prize.php    Read more about A Stranger […]

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Read an extract from A Stranger City by Linda Grant

When a dead body is found in the Thames, caught in the chains of HMS Belfast, it begins a search for a missing woman and confirms a sense that in London a person can become invisible once outside their community – and that assumes they even have a community. A policeman, a documentary film-maker and an Irish nurse named Chrissie all respond to the death of the unknown woman in their own ways. London is a place of random meetings, shifting relationships – and some, like Chrissie intersect with many. The film-maker and the policeman meanwhile have safe homes with wives – or do they? An immigrant family speaks their own language only privately; they have managed to integrate – or have they? The wonderful Linda Grant weaves a tale around ideas of home; how London can be a place of exile or expulsion, how home can be a physical place or an idea. How all our lives intersect and how coincidence or the randomness of birth place can decide how we live and with whom.

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