An endless pleasure, finding something rich and complex in the family history boom
Books of the Year, Evening Standard
Writing as fine as this is consolation in itself - a reminder that, however desperate your circumstances, however difficult your life, you are not alone
The whole collection sings with a depth of complex, contradictory, feeling that is heartfelt, concise and awash with interior life ... The sharpness - the cutting edge of piece after piece - is what imbues this book with its glorious, sometimes disturbing, memorability. From the very first sentence of Linda Grant's foray into the twilight world of her mother's descending dementia, all the way to Ali Smith's snapshot of her father, there isn't a dud: not even a whimper or hollow gesture to loosen the reader's rapt concentration
From the Same Author
The New Granta Book of Travel
Granta has long been known for the quality of its travel writing. The 1980s were the culmination of a golden age, when writers including Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin, James Hamilton-Paterson and James Fenton set out to document life in largely unfamiliar territory, bringing back tales of the beautiful, the extraordinary and the unexpected. By the mid 1990s, travel writing seemed to change, as a younger generation of writers that appeared in the magazine made journeys for more complex and often personal reasons. Decca Aitkenhead reported on sex tourism in Thailand, and Wendell Steavenson moved to Iraq as foreign correspondent. What all these pieces have in common is a sense of engagement with the places they describe, and a belief that whether we are in Birmingham or Belarus, there is always something new to be discovered.
Liz Jobey on Granta.com
Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition
Are We Related?
‘Most family relationships are difficult, and sometimes they can become the most difficult human relationships of all.’
Art & Photography | Granta 91
‘Photography always reveals truths about the relationship between the photographer and the person being photographed.’