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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
 
Non fiction
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2000) : When I Lived in Modern Times
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : The Clothes on Their Backs
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Clothes on Their Backs
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2017) : The Dark Circle