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We Had it So Good by Linda Grant

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 February 2011.

The exquisitely crafted new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACKS - the thoughtful and engaging story of a London family from the late sixties to the present.

If you like Linda Grant you might also like to read books by Deirdre Madden, Edward St Aubyn and Bernardine Bishop.


We Had it So Good by Linda Grant

In 1968 Stephen Newman arrives in England from California. Sent down from Oxford, he hurriedly marries his English girlfriend Andrea to avoid returning to America and the draft board. Over the next forty years they and their friends build lives of middle-class success until the events of late middle-age and the new century force them to realise that their fortunate generation has always lived in a fool's paradise.


'A fascinating and poignant Chinese box of a novel, in which places and times hold each other's secrets, nothing stays still, and even the most important moments appear transitory. Linda Grant uncovers the tragedy inherent in chronology itself, and thus demonstrates, as only a novelist can, the treacherous falsity of dreams and ideology. This is a work of great tenderness and regret'
Howard Jacobson, author of the Man Booker winner THE FINKLER QUESTION

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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20th January 2011


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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group




Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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