When I Lived in Modern Times

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Granta Books, 2011 - Historical fiction - 260 pages
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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.

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

This book won the Orange/Women's Prize for fiction and it is easy to see why. The writing completely drew me in to a world that I never would have visited before. There are stories out there about ... Read full review

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User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

I loved this book and recommend it whole-heartedly. I think it should take its place among the classics of English-language Jewish literature. It’s written beautifully: thoughtful, wry, occasionally ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Linda Grant was born in Liverpool in 1951. She was educated in Liverpool and studied at the University of York and in Canada. Her first novel, The Cast Iron Shore, won the David Higham Award in 1996 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. She is the author of a memoir - Remind Me Who I Am Again and two further novels: When I Lived in Modern Times, which won the 2000 Orange Prize for fiction, and The Clothes on Their Backs, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008.

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