Linda Grant - When I Lived in Modern Times (2nd Hand Paperback)
Winner of The Orange Prize for Fiction 2000.
It is April 1946.
Evelyn Sert, a hairdresser from Soho sails for Palestine where Jewish refugees and idealists are gathering from across Europe to start a new life in a brand new country.
For the twenty-year-old from London, it is a time of adventure and change when all things seem possible.
Swept up in the spirited, chaotic churning of her new, strange country, she joins a kibbutz, then moves on to the teeming metropolis of Tel Aviv, to find her own home and a group of friends as eccentric and disparate as the city itself. She falls in love with a man who is not what he seems when she becomes an unwitting spy for a nation fighting to be born.
This book, a fiction, only scrapes the surface of the politics of the time; what is now history. People have strong views on the Middle East, very few views are informed and rounded. This story is just a snapshot of the unintended consequences of history.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Published : 2000 (Gratna)
- ISBN : 9781862074040
- SKU : B001814
- PPC : LL280gm
- RRP : £6.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
When I Lived in Modern Times is "an unsentimental coming-of-age story of both a country and a young immigrant . . . that provides an unforgettable glimpse of a time and place rarely observed" - Publishers Weekly.
Linda Grant was born in Liverpool. She read English at the University of York and did further postgraduate studies in Canada at McMaster and Simon Fraser Universities. For some years she worked as a journalist, writing for the Guardian and Independent on Sunday. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and holds honorary doctorates from the University of York and John Moores University.