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Sunday, 27 April 2008

The Thoughtful Dresser: The blog, the book . . .


Oh, look!

14 comments:

phyllis said...

Next step - world domination! BTW, who can we pester to get this published in the US?

My virtual pencil is sharpened and waiting.

Linda Grant said...

My agent perpetually knocks his head against that particular brick wall. 'Too British' was the response to The Clothes On Their Backs. Though my work doesn't seem to be too British for France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Brazil, Taiwan, Russia . . .

Ms. Jo said...

Aww, if I can order (in the Netherlands) books from both amazon.com and amazon.co.uk, can't US citizens have their books shipped from the United Kingdom?

Linda Grant said...

Indeed they can

Toby Wollin said...

"Too British"? As a US delegate to this conference, I resent that. What's their hang-up -- the fact that you spell "color" with a "u"? Pinheads.

phyllis said...

Oh I know that - I really want Linda to get into the US press and promo tour system! So I can take her to Hi-Tech nails and Off Fifth when she's in Boston.

Deja Pseu said...

Too British??? Bollocks.

Those of us in the US can order from amazon.com.uk, you just pay more for shipping.

Toby Wollin said...

Anyone who wants one, let me know. My younger daughter is getting married in August in Scotland - we will be spending several weeks in the UK(and yes in London). For those who can wait, I'll pick you up a copy and bring them back in my luggage(I'm feeling excessively ticked off this morning about the lack of publishing in the US).

Toby Wollin said...

Heh - to let me know...drop me an email at: htwollin at yahoo dot com.

Linda Grant said...

A major American publisher writes:

Dear ,

Thanks for giving us the chance to read Linda Grant’s The Clothes on Their Backs. It was a pleasure to read Linda Grant’s shrewd, vivid account of the Kovacs family remaking itself in London. I’m full of admiration--for the rich characters, powerful sense of place and time, and deep emotional understanding. With that, I fear it will be hard to find an audience here for so British a novel.

Thanks again, though, for letting us see this, and I wish Linda Grant the best of luck.

Regards,

lagatta said...

The other thing I don't understand about that is that there are plenty of stories about war refugees who have found themselves in far more "exotic" places than London by US standards that become popular there.

"Nowhere in Africa", by Stefanie Zweig (no relation to Stefan) comes to mind.

If there should ever be problems finding this or other books by Linda Grant in Canada, you will no doubt be able to find it at or through Nicolas Hoare booksellers, in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal: nicholashoare.com/

Those are lovely bookshops to spend an afternoon browsing...

Anonymous said...

I got mine through amazon.uk because I was impatient waiting for US release.

Good luck, Linda. I know the book could do very well here. Stupid letter.

I suppose your reps have tried The New York Review of Books?

-- desertwind

(wow! my word verification was sort of naughty.)

Anonymous said...

Oh, wait!

The Thoughtful Dresser will be a new book? Have you told us about this?

Congrats.

-- desertwind

Badaude said...

Hey, congratulations!
xbadaude