Upstairs at the Party

Upstairs at the Party

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 25/06/2015
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Upstairs at the Party
So much more than a campus novel
I had never read anything by Linda Grant before picking up Upstairs at the Party – she was always someone who was on my TBR pile, but who I just never quit... READ MORE
Laura at Reading Broad Street


'If you go back and look at your life there are certain scenes, acts, or maybe just incidents on which everything that follows seems to depend. If only you could narrate them, then you might be understood. I mean the part of yourself that you don't know how to explain.' In the early seventies, a glamorous and androgynous couple known as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university. To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas, they seem blown back from the future, unsettling everything and uncovering covert desires. But their mesmerising flamboyant self-expression hides deep anxieties and hidden histories. For Adele, who also has something to conceal, Evie becomes an obsession - an obsession which becomes lifelong after the night of Adele's twentieth birthday party. What happened that evening and who was complicit are questions that have haunted Adele ever since. A set of school exercise books might reveal everything, but they have been missing for the past forty years. From summers in 1970s Cornwall to London in the twenty-first century, long after she has disappeared, Evie will go on challenging everyone's ideas of how their lives should turn out. With her hallmark humour, intelligence and boldness Linda Grant has written a powerful and captivating novel about secrets and the moments that shape our lives.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781844087518
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 221g
  • Dimensions: 124 x 197 x 21 mm

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Upstairs at the Party
Life,love and loss
I must admit I had never come across this author before I was sent a free copy to review. The story evolves around a group of university students by follo... READ MORE
Upstairs at the Party
Twists and turns of life
It is not often that I fall so dearly in love with a book only moments after retrieving it from my shelf. I knew from the first chapter, specifically the f... READ MORE
Louise Newman