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The Clothes On Their Backs

  • Author
    • Linda Grant
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE

In a red brick mansion block off the Marylebone Road, Vivien, a sensitive, bookish girl grows up sealed off from both past and present by her timid refugee parents. Then one morning a glamorous uncle appears, dressed in a mohair suit, with a diamond watch on his wrist and a girl in a leopard-skin hat on his arm. Why is Uncle Sándor so violently unwelcome in her parents' home?

This is a novel about survival - both banal and heroic - and a young woman who discovers the complications, even betrayals, that inevitably accompany the fierce desire to live.

Set against the backdrop of a London from the 1950s to the present day, The Clothes on Their Backs is a wise and tender novel about the clothes we choose to wear, the personalities we dress ourselves in, and about how they define us all.

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  • Published: Apr 02 2009
  • Pages: 304
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9781844085422
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Press Reviews

  • SUNDAY EXPRESS
    ** 'If you read only one novel this year, make sure it is The Clothes on Their Backs
  • EXPRESS
    ** 'A beautifully written and truly moving book about the experience of growing up in Britain as a second generation immigrant
  • LONDON PAPER
    ** 'It's a sublimely atmospheric and moving novel
  • THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    ** 'This is a vivid, enjoyable and consistently unexpected novel