Linda Grant

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Upstairs At The Party

book | Fiction | 2014
UK & Comm → Virago Press (Ed. Lennie Goodings)
'If you go back and look at your life there are certain scenes, acts, or maybe just incidents on which everything that follows seems to depend. If only you could narrate them, then you might be understood. I mean the part of yourself that you don't know how to explain.'

In the early Seventies, a glamorous and androgynous couple known as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university. To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas, they seem blown back from the future, unsettling everything and uncovering covert desires. But their varnished patina of youth and flamboyant self-expression hides deep anxieties and hidden histories.

For Adele, with the most to conceal, Evie/Stevie become a lifelong obsession, as she examines what happened on the night of her own twentieth birthday and her friends' complicity in their fate.
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Reviews

I read this deeply felt, deeply moving, novel twice. It’s very good. John Sutherland
The Times

…writes with incisive elegance and here paints a compelling picture – this is shaping up to be a stunner Ian Rankin

Linda is far too good a novelist, and has far too powerful an imagination Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday

Grant is so accomplished a novelist of recent social history Suzi Feay
Literary Review

brilliantly observed but determinedly unsettling book Stephanie Cross
Daily Mail

Grant’s beautiful writing carries the novel … there’s [another] similarity between Brideshead and Upstairs at the Party Rosamund Irwin
Evening Standard

With its hindsight about tragic events and paths not taken, the novel has similarities to Julian Barnes’s 2011 Booker winner, The Sense of an Ending.
Telegraph
Full Review

 Upstairs at the Party has the great virtue of being a wonderfully and perceptively written story... Justin Cartwright
Guardian
Full Review

an enthralling coming of age story… a treat
Good Housekeeping

a stylish, ambitious novel
Glamour

intense and lyrical
Red

an evocative portrayal of the 1970s
Woman & Home, 5 Hot Novels

...writes with incisive elegance and here paints a compelling picture – this is shaping up to be a stunner. Ian Rankin
Guardian

I read this deeply felt, deeply moving, novel twice. It’s very good. John Sutherland
The Times

Linda is far too good a novelist, and has far too powerful an imagination. Peter Hitchens
The Mail on Sunday

Grant is so accomplished a novelist of recent social history. Suzi Feay
Literary Review

Brilliantly observed but determinedly unsettling book


The Daily Mail

A very good book. Tom Cox
The Observer
Full Review

A wonderfully and perceptively written story, which rings utterly true. Justin Cartwright
The Guardian
Full Review

An enthralling coming of age story… a treat.
Good Housekeeping

A stylish, ambitious novel

Glamour

Intense and lyrical.

Red

Intense and lyrical.

Red

An evocative portrayal of the 1970s.

Woman & Home, 5 Hot Novels

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