The Story of the Forest, Linda Grant ( paperback June 2024)


It's 1913 and a young, carefree and recklessly innocent girl, Mina, goes out into the forest on the edge of the Baltic sea and meets a gang of rowdy young men with revolution on their minds.

It sounds like a fairy tale but it's life. The adventure leads to flight, emigration and a new land, a new language and the pursuit of idealism or happiness - in Liverpool. But what of the stories from the old country; how do they shape and form the next generations who have heard the well-worn tales?From the flour mills of Latvia to Liverpool suburbia to post-war Soho, The Story of the Forest is about myths and memory and about how families adapt in order to survive.

It is a story full of the humour and wisdom we have come to relish from this wonderful writer. Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Award Ceremony - 22 June 2023.

Jewel-like clarity... exceptional'RICHARD COLES'