Linda Grant was born in Liverpool in 1951. She was educated in Liverpool and studied at the University of York and in Canada. Since 1985 she has worked as a freelance journalist for broadsheet newspapers and magazines including Marie Claire, Vogue and Good Housekeeping. She is now a feature writer for the Guardian. Her first novel, The Cast Iron Shore, won the David Higham Award in 1996 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her memoir Remind Me Who I Am Again was published in hardback in 1998, and won the Mind Book of the Year Award. Her second novel, When I Lived in Modern Times, was published in March 2000 and won the Orange Prize for fiction in June 2000. Her most recent novel, The Clothes on Their Backs, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Her most recent work of non-fiction is The Thoughtful Dresser (Virago Press, 2009). The Cast Iron Shore, Remind Me Who I Am, Again and When I Lived in Modern Times are all published by Granta Books. Linda Granta lives in London.