The Clothes on Their Backs
In her then new novel, Linda Grant wrote about a sensitive girl growing up sealed off from both past and present by her timid refugee parents. The dramatic arrival of a glamorous uncle, violently unwelcome by her parents, changes everything. A story of concealed pasts, stark choices and how the clothes we wear define us all. A novel about survival – both banal and heroic – and a young woman who discovers the complications, even betrayals, that inevitably accompany the fierce desire to live.
Linda Grant writes both fiction and non-fiction. When I Lived in Modern Times won the Orange Prize and The Clothes on Their Backs, shortlisted for the Man Booker, won the South Bank Show Award.Rachel Seiffert
Rachel Seiffert is the award winning author of the Booker-shortlisted The Dark Room and an acclaimed collection of short stories, Field Study. Her latest novel, Afterwards, was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2007.