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The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

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Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017.

The new novel by the acclaimed author of Upstairs at the Party and the Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on Their Backs. The Second World War is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended...

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The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium in Kent to learn the way of the patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a young university graduate, a mysterious German woman, a member of the aristocracy and an American merchant seaman. They discover that a cure is tantalisingly just out of reach and only by inciting wholesale rebellion can freedom be snatched.


'Exhilaratingly good ... This is a novel whose engine is flesh and blood, not cold ideas ... Grant brings the 1950s - that odd, downbeat, fertile decade between war and sexual liberation - into sharp, bright, heartbreaking focus' -- Christobel Kent, Guardian

'A Grant novel is always a treat ... Grant captures the stigma that surrounded TB perfectly' Evening Standard

'A writer whose language crackles with vitality and whose descriptive powers are working at such a high level' Spectator

'Linda Grant brings a forgotten slice of social and medical history to life by conjuring a rich cast of disparate - though equally desperate - characters observed with wry humour and affection to produce an absorbing and profoundly moving story' -- John Harding Daily Mail

'The novel is funny but also poignant ... I loved it Stylist The Dark Circle is, beneath its narrative surface, fiercely political. She poses a large, naggingly relevant, question. What would (will?) privatisation of the NHS mean? Read this fine, persuasive, moving novel and contemplate - if you can dare to - that awful possibility' -- John Sutherland The Times

About the Author

Linda Grant is a novelist and journalist. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000 and the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage in 2006. She writes for the Guardian, Telegraph and Vogue.

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Publication date

6th April 2017


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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


320 pages


Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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