WINNER OF THE WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE 2020 `A superb piece of writing about London life. Past Wingate winners include Zadie Smith, Amos Oz and David Grossman’ ‘[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 StandardWhen 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.
Author Eileen Atkins Published by Virago ISBN 9780349014661 EAN 9780349014661 Bic Code Cover Hardback