When I Lived In Modern Times

Linda Grant

Published: 6 January 2011
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781847082619


It is April 1946. Evelyn Sert, twenty years old, 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.

In the glittering, cosmopolitan, Bauhaus city of Tel Aviv, anything seems possible - the new self, new Jew, new woman are all feasible. Evelyn, adept at disguises, reinvents herself as the bleached-blonde Priscilla Jones. Immersed in a world of passionate idealism, she finds love, and with Johnny, her lover, finds herself at the heart of a very dangerous game.

About the author

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Linda Grant was born in Liverpool in February 1951, the child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and four novels, including When I Lived in Modern Times, which won the 2000 Orange Prize for fiction. She lives in north London. More about the author


‘... bursting with ideas: about idealism, the shattering of dreams and the struggle to belong’ Ruth Gorb



‘[Its] strength is that history is a living reality. This historical landscape is not a closed one, it resonates with unassuaged desires - the desire for authentic femininity, for authentic national identity - that still propel us today’ Natasha Walter

‘Full of sharp humour, complex ironies and an acute eye for cultural clashes, this is a superb coming-of-age novelMatthew Reisz

‘Linda Grant knows how to create an impact, to evoke a response, to recount history in the making through the eyes of its witnesses ... It makes a timely and deep impression’ Kate Chisholm

‘Written with uncluttered economy, rich in quietly astute observation and underpinned by a rigorously searching investigation of its themes, this is a novel that both stimulates the mind and satisfies the heart’ Sue Wilson

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