Linda Grant: "We Had It So Good"

 - Judah Passow

Judah Passow

Linda Grant: "We Had It So Good"

An award-winning British novelist says the jury is still out for the baby boom generation. Her latest book examines how life unfolds for four Oxford students who set out to change the world.

In 1957, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan declared, “most of our people have never had it so good.” The postwar generation grew up protected by a new welfare system, enjoying freedoms and opportunities unknown to their parents. Plus, says recently-turned-sixty, British author Linda Grant, "we had fabulous music and clothes." In her latest novel, Grant traces the trajectories of four baby boomers who thought they could change the world: from their idealistic student days at Oxford through the realities of growing up and growing older. We discuss what happens when their rose-colored glasses come off in middle age and a new century.

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Linda Grant

novelist and journalist

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