Linda Grant’s Biography

Linda Grant is an award winning novelist and journalist. She was born in Liverpool on the 15th February 1951 and was the oldest child of Benny Ginsberg and Rose Haft. Benny’s Family was Polish-Jewish, whilst Rose’s was Russian. They adopted the surname Grant in the early 1950’s. Much of Linda Grant’s fiction comes from her Jewish background, family history and the history of Liverpool.

She attended The Belvedere School, a secondary school in Liverpool, she then studied English at the University of York from 1972 to 1975. She then went on to complete an M.A. in English at McMaster University in Canada, which lead to her doing her post-graduate studies at Simon Fraser University also in Canada. Linda Grant returned to England in 1985 and worked as a journalist for The Guardian, she wrote her own column for eighteen months. Her first published book was a non-fiction work called ‘Sexing the Millennium: A Political History of the Sexual Revolution’ in 1993. Linda Grant currently lives in North London.

3 thoughts on “Linda Grant’s Biography”

  1. Amy Aspin couldn’t reply, her is her comment:

    Linda Grant’s fiction seems to delve into some very influential aspects from her life, her culture and her environment. She not only explores the class system in areas such as 1950s Liverpool, but she also portrays the nostalgia of growing up in the 70’s.
    Grant’s non-fiction focuses more on identity, her own identity in particular. In ‘The thoughtful dresser’, Grant talks about how fashion can influence people, from “immigrants arriving in a new country to the teenager who needs to be a part of the fashion pack”.

  2. Some of Linda Grant’s published work includes The Dark Circle, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction; Still Here which was longlisted for The Man Booker in 2002; and The Clothes on Their Backs, which was shortlisted for The Man Booker in 2008 and also won The South Bank Show Award. She has also received the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage in 2006.

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