The Clothes on Their Backs

by Linda Grant

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008

Spanning a time from 1950's London to the present day we follow Vivien's story to discover her family history, her parents are immigrants who have kept her sheltered from their past, and to find her own place in the world. A moving and tender novel.

The Clothes on Their Backs Synopsis

In a red brick mansion block off the Marylebone Road, Vivien, a sensitive, bookish girl grows up sealed off from both past and present by her timid refugee parents. Then one morning a glamorous uncle appears, dressed in a mohair suit, with a diamond watch on his wrist and a girl in a leopard-skin hat on his arm. Why is Uncle Sandor so violently unwelcome in her parents' home? This is a novel about survival - both banal and heroic - and a young woman who discovers the complications, even betrayals, that inevitably accompany the fierce desire to live. Set against the backdrop of a London from the 1950s to the present day, The Clothes on Their Backs is a wise and tender novel about the clothes we choose to wear, the personalities we dress ourselves in, and about how they define us all.

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ISBN: 9781844085422
Publication date: 02/04/2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844085422
Publication date: 2nd April 2009
Author: Linda Grant
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Linda Grant

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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