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Linda Grant was born in Liverpool, England in 1951, and read English at the University of York. Her first novel, The Cast Iron Shore (1996), won the David Higham Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her second, When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), set in Palestine immediately after the Second World War, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction.