Linda Grant

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A Stranger City

book | Fiction | May 2019
UK & Comm → Virago Press (Ed. Lennie Goodings)

When a dead body is found in the Thames, caught in the chains of HMS Belfast, it begins a search for a missing woman and confirms a sense that in London a person can become invisible once outside their community - and that assumes they even have a community. 

A policeman, a documentary film maker and an Irish nurse named Chrissie all respond to the death of the unknown woman in their own ways. 

London is a place of random meetings, shifting relationships - and some, like Chrissie intersect with many. The filmmaker and the policeman meanwhile have safe homes with wives - or do they? An immigrant family speaks their own language only privately; they have managed to integrate - or have they? 

The wonderful Linda Grant weaves a tale around ideas of home; how London can be a place of exile or expulsion, how home can be a physical place or an idea. How all our lives intersect and how coincidence or the randomness of birth place can decide how we live and with whom.


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"This gripping and disquieting novel is a Brexit dystopia. It is also a London novel, and the ambiguity of the title runs through it like a river."

Sydney Morning Herald
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A Stranger City by Linda Grant book review

Grant tackles Brexit, terrorism, acid attacks, racism, social media, climate change — every headline which daily sends seismic shudders through London — with the lightest of touches.

Francesca McCoy
Evening Standard
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Grant is superb on London life...her deft peeling back of the capital’s layers raises increasingly unsettling questions about where all of us might be heading

Stephanie Cross
Daily Mail
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[A] shimmering new novel . . . Grant's book is as much a love letter to London as a lament, an ode to pink skin after sunny days and lost gloves waving from railings

The Economist

Insightful emotional accuracy

Sunday Times

A compelling portrait of contemporary London

Suzi Feay
Financial Times
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