A Stranger City

Author(s): Linda Grant

Fiction

'[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 'A compelling portrait of contemporary London, it's a novel fit for shifting, uncertain times' Suzi Feay, Financial Times 'A Stranger City feels like a very important novel for right now: no politically ponderous diatribe but a witty, sunlounger-accessible and deeply humanising story about people - about us - and the societal shipwreck we're stuck in' Evening Standard 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 film-maker 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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A dead body found in the Thames is the catalyst for this novel, which links together an Irish nurse, a policeman and a filmmaker. Set in a bleak post-Brexit world, Grant explores notions of belonging and home, loneliness and identity, this is a beautifully written modern novel - Elisa, Book Grocer 

General Fields

  • : 9780349010496
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Virago Press
  • : March 2019
  • : 2.4 Centimeters X 13.3 Centimeters X 21.4 Centimeters
  • : May 2019
  • : books

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  • : Linda Grant
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : good
  • : 320