A moving novel about the relationships within families and between friends, told through the touching story of a young woman starting out on a new life in London, on a quest to escape the claustrophobia of her small hometown. / Sensitive, lyrical and beautifully written, 'Grievance' is a deeply moving debut about one woman's bid to leave her unhappy childhood behind. / Marguerite Alexander writes for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times and the Independent. / 'Grievance' is ideal reading group material.
Marguerite Alexander teaches at Birkbeck College and writes for numerous publications, including the Sunday Times, Independent and the London Review of Books. She lives in London. Her first novel, Grievance, was published in 2006.
'The harrowing experience of a child growing up in a family made brutal by social shame is powerfully rendered!there is an aching truthfulness in the writing!"Grievance" will stay with me for its emotional truth!We shall certainly hear more of Marguerite Alexander.' Independent '"Grievance" is a campus novel with a difference. Its beautifully nuanced account of Nora's moral and intellectual education and in particular its vivid, unsentimental portrait of Felix for which Marguerite Alexander acknowledges the inspiration of her own son, make for a debut of promise and distinction.' Daily Mail 'It is the most riveting debut novel--or indeed any novel--that I have read for a long, long time. This is a deeply human, hugely readable story and I'm telling everyone I meet how great it is.' Mavis Cheek