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A Stranger City

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I didn’t feel I knew enough, I didn’t have the right – unlike Liverpool, where I felt I had a deep understanding of what that city was about.

A big feature of it is London, the Thames, suburbs, transport, night life, daily work, changing seasons, landmarks, celebrations, horrors, as experienced by the characters.People are always looking and holding their phones up and you’re being seen,” reflects Chrissie, an Irish nurse who goes missing on the same night as the dead woman. Much as I admire, enjoy, and always look forward to Linda Grant’s fiction, A Stranger City will require a rereading before I can determine just how I feel about it. 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. The plot's seemingly haphazard quality mirrors the contingency of urban life but the way Grant makes even the minor characters flare into life gives the novel richness and depth.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and holds honorary doctorates from the University of York and John Moores University. A wonderful exploration of what it means to be anonymous and alone in a city thronging with people, A Stranger City at once preserves the timeless Britishism of modern London whilst celebrating its cosmopolitan and multicultural nature.

Ultimately the message is we are all different, with our different origins, our different stories, yet we all come together to form something that is way bigger than we are!

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