Linda Grant

Linda Grant is a Liverpool-born British novelist and journalist. Her novels include The Clothes on Their Backs (2008) and We Had It So Good (2011).

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Last of the shelf-fillers: A publisher's employee arranges books on a
display at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Before we condemn Michael Gove over ‘Of Mice and Men’, let’s remember what novels are really for

We show too much reverence to works that carry a ‘message’

Where have all the Susans, Marys, Annes and Normans gone? Not to mention the Lindas …

Our names carbon-date us like nothing else

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart, book review: Wonderful life of a refugee with a love of stories

At the Jaipur literary festival last year as the sandwich filling in the two hunks of chewy flavoursome sourdough writers, Gary Shteyngart and Howard Jacobson, I have good reason to hate them. The audience sat unappreciatively waiting for me to finish so they could get back to Gary and Howard who performed the Jewish shtick to Indians who had never heard the jokes before. Ideally this review could be an early entry for next year’s Hatchet Job prize, set up to reward the most wounding literary criticism. I’d love to stick it to Shteyngart despite the many hotel drinks we shared afterwards.

Review: "Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books", By Claudia Roth Pierpont

A study of a feted author that reflects on his life through the rich imagination of his novels

I don’t get David Bowie. Maybe because I'm female

Bowie appeals to suburban boys with spots, not much pubic hair and a fear of girls

Israel has Moved, By Diana Pinto

A reflection on Israel focuses on the country rather than just the conflict.

Linda Grant: The last time so many people enjoyed themselves this much in London must have been VE Day

I wonder if, in September, we will find that we too miss the Games, knowing it won't happen again for us

The joy of history

Linda Grant on an analysis of sex research that confirms that science and ideology are close bedfellows SCIENCE IN THE BEDROOM: A HISTORY OF SEX RESEARCH Vern L Bullough Basic Books £16.99
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