We Had it So Good

We Had it So Good

By (author) Linda Grant


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Born to hardworking immigrant parents in sunny suburban Los Angeles, Stephen Newman never imagined that he would spend his adult life under the grey skies of north London, would marry Andrea for convenience and stay married, and would watch his children grow into people he cannot fathom. Over forty years he and his friends have built lives of comfort and success, until the events of late middle age and the new century force them to realise that they have always existed in a fool's paradise.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • 12 Jan 2012
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 1844086399
  • 9781844086399
  • 142,647

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Linda Grant is a novelist and journalist. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000 and the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage in 2006, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2008 for The Clothes on Their Backs.

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'Compelling, perceptive and deeply humane' -- Michael Arditti Daily Mail 'Gripping and stylishly told. Post-war California, Oxford and London are recreated superbly and brightly ... Grant comes close to creating the perfect novel' -- Melissa Katsoulis The Times 'My only complaint? I fear I may not read a better book all year' -- Rosamund Urwin Evening Standard 'Ambitious ... Like the best novels, it makes you examine your own moral compass alongside that of its characters' -- Viv Groskop Observer

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