Linda Grant and Sarah Moss: Feisty Fictions
Chair: Erica Wagner
Linda’s Grant’s sparkling new novel, The Dark Circle, is set in 1950, two years into the NHS, revolving around a TB sanatorium in the Kent countryside, where the East End Lynsky twins are the only Jews. It has been described as 'drenched in colour and light'; and is at once very funny and heart-breaking, offering a penetrating vision of the swiftly changing landscape of the post-war era.
Sarah Moss’s courageous and unflinching novel of contemporary life, The Tidal Zone, explores parental love, overwhelming fear, illness and recovery. It is about clever teenagers and the challenges of marriage. It is about the NHS, academia, sex and gender in the twenty-first century and confirms Moss as a writer of luminous intelligence. They talk to journalist and broadcaster Erica Wagner.
Linda Grant is a a multi-award-winning novelist and journalist. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000, the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage in 2006, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 for The Clothes on Their Backs.
Sarah Moss is a novelist and travel writer and Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of five novels; The Tidal Zone, Signs for Lost Children, Bodies of Light, Night Waking and Cold Earth, the non-fiction title: Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland and academic books on Romantic-era British literature, food history and gender. Names for the Sea was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize and Signs for Lost Children and Bodies of Light were both shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.
Erica Wagner was born in New York. She is Consulting Literary Editor for Harper's Bazaar, former literary editor of The Times, a broadcaster and award-winning writer of many genres, including fiction, biography and poetry.