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The Cast Iron Shore Hardcover – 1996

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Picador; First edition edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330337904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330337908
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 3.4 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Grant was born in Liverpool on 15 February 1951, the child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. She was educated at the Belvedere School (GDST), read English at the University of York, completed an M.A. in English at MacMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and did further post-graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, where she lived from 1977 to 1984.

Her first book, Sexing the Millennium: A Political History of the Sexual Revolution was published in 1993. Her first novel, The Cast Iron Shore, published in 1996, won the David Higham First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Remind Me Who I am Again, an account of her mother's decline into dementia and the role that memory plays in creating family history, was published in 1998 and won the MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year award and the Age Concern Book of the Year award. Her second novel, When I Lived in Modern Times, set in Tel Aviv in the last years of the British Mandate, published in March 2000, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Prize and the Encore Prize. Her novel, Still Here, published in 2002, was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her non-fiction work, The People On The Street: A Writer's View of Israel, published in 2006, won the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage. Her Booker Prize shortlisted novel, The Clothes On Their Backs, was published in February 2008. Linda's most recent book, The Thoughful Dresser was published in March 2009.

She has written a radio play, Paul and Yolande, which was broadcast on Radio 4 in October 2006, and a short story, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, part of a week of stories by Liverpool writers commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, broadcast in July 2007.

She has also contributed to various collections of essays. Her work is translated into French, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Russian, Polish, Turkish and Chinese.




Awards

The Clothes On Their Backs Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008
Winner South Bank Show Award

The People on the Street:
A Writer's View of Israel Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage

When I Lived in Modern Times Winner, Orange Prize for Fiction 2000

Shorlisted: Jewish Quarterly Prize

Encore Prize


Remind Me Who I Am, Again Mind Book of the Year 1999

Age Concern Book of the Year 1999


The Cast Iron Shore David Higham First Novel Prize

Shortlisted Guardian Fiction Prize

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms Samira Ahmed on 5 July 2000
Format: Paperback
A year on from first reading this novel, I'm amazed at how I still find myself unsettled by its impact. Linda Grant's heroine is the ultimate exile. Her odyssey twists the cliches of modern American fiction: She makes the journey out West -- but never gets to California. As a British born, Jewish Communist she views the American dream through the wrong side of a mirror. Having read a great deal of African American fiction I found Grant's portrayal of the relationship with the callow Black intellectual boyfriend fascinating. This novel isn't afraid to tackle the cruelty that lurks in human beings, even when supposedly dedicated to a great cause. And it's not afraid to be bleak about people who realise they may have dedicated their life to a pointless cause. The more "great" American literature you've read, the more I think you'll be surprised at how fresh and original this novel is. by the way.. that cover photo of the glamour girl by the 50s convertible is either totally ironic or very misleading. But I can't recommend this highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 1999
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Linda Grant's ambitious and panoramic novel could perhaps be described as a paradox: the 'great American novel' written by an English journalist, about a third of which takes place in Liverpool. But this is to be perhaps too flippant about a book which I found convincing and compulsive. It provoked for me favourable comparisons with another work tackling similar themes of exile, political commitment and sacrifice - Philip Roth's American Pastoral. Grant of course is lacking the years of experience of Roth, and my only criticism would be that some of the plotting is a little loose and one or two of the recurring metaphors a little leaden, but these are minor complaints in a novel so sympathetically relayed. Grant also, of course, manages something which Roth could never be accredited with: a coherent and sympathetic feminine perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr D.B.Sweden on 13 Aug. 2003
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I feel strange to write this about the Cast Iron Shore having just finished When I Lived in Modern Times. Yet the pleasure I received from that triggered off recollections of the other.
I do think a comparison with Philip Roth is valid. There is a similar sense of an exploration of the political and historical, through the development of a personal narrative which acts as a trigger for personal development.
I cant recommend this, (which first intrigued me because the heroine's father, like my own, was a furrier) and When I Lived in Modern Times, highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 1999
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It tells the story of the awakening to real life of a protected, spoilt, half-Jewish Liverpool girl, starting in the late 1930s and working through to the present time. Her experiences (social, sexual and racial) in Liverpool during the war, and subsequently in the rag trade - and later the Communist Party - in the USA, give her a unique perspective on life's depths and superficialities. Linda Grant has written a sensitive, streetwise and magnetically readable piece of literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1999
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Just when you thought it was over Linda Grant breathes life into the feminist novel. But Cast Iron Shore is much more than that, it is a truly great novel. You now a book is great when it leaves you thinking about it months later. Sybil is a tough unsympathic heroine but one that you won't forget in a hurry.
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