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Linda Grant

UK flag (b.1951)

Linda Grant was born in Liverpool on 15 February 1951, the child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. She was educated at the Belvedere School (GDST), read English at the University of York, completed an M.A. in English at MacMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and did further post-graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, where she lived from 1977 to 1984.

In 1985 she returned to Britain and became a journalist. From 1995 to 2000 she was a feature writer for the Guardian, where between 1997 and 1998 she also had a weekly column in G2. She contributed regularly to the Weekend section on subjects including the background to the use of drug Ecstasy (for which she was shortlisted for the UK Press Gazette Feature Writer of the Year Award in 1996), body modification, racism against Romanies in the Czech Republic, her own journey to Jewish Poland and to her father's birthplace and during the Kosovo War, an examination of the background to Serb nationalism.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Cast Iron Shore (1996)
   When I Lived in Modern Times (2000)
   Still Here (2002)
   The Clothes on Their Backs (2008)
   We Had it So Good (2011)
   Upstairs at the Party (2014)
   The Dark Circle (2016)
   A Stranger City (2019)
   The Story of the Forest (2023)
   Furies (2023) (with others)
Non fiction show
Linda Grant recommends
What Will Survive of Us (2024)
Howard Jacobson
"Howard Jacobson at his finest. An intense expression of romantic love and sexual desire."
Twelve Months and a Day (2022)
Louisa Young
"Louisa Young is the great chronicler of romantic love and the pain of its loss."

Books containing stories by Linda Grant
Reader, I Married Him (2016)
Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre
edited by
Tracy Chevalier

2000 Women's Prize For Fiction : When I Lived in Modern Times

Award nominations
2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction (nominee) : The Story of the Forest
2017 Women's Prize For Fiction (nominee) : The Dark Circle
2008 Booker Prize (shortlist) : The Clothes on Their Backs
2002 Booker Prize (longlist) : Still Here

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