‘If you go back and look at your life there are certain scenes, acts, or maybe just incidents on which everything that follows seems to depend. If only you could narrate them, then you might be understood. I mean the part of yourself that you don’t know how to explain.’
On Thursday 3rd July we publish the brilliant new novel from Man Booker shortlisted author Linda Grant. Set against the evocative backdrop of 1970s university student bohemia, Upstairs at the Party is a bold and witty look at nostalgia, guilt and memory, and it will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.
In a piece written for Never Underdressed, the author reflects on the clothing of 1970s student life:
Early one morning in the Seventies I stepped out to hitchhike from York to London and back in a day to buy a pair of tights. One type of tights alone was acceptable to me, I would have died rather than wear the flesh-coloured nylons of the day. Nothing would go on my legs but Mary Quant opaques which came in sizzling colours like purple, acid green, yellow and scarlet and as far as I knew, the only place you could buy them was Liberty, in London.
To celebrate the Seventies culture Upstairs at the Party is steeped in – the clothes, the books, the music, the films, and even the food – take a look at our Upstairs at the Party Pinterest board, curated with quotations from the novel.
You can also join us on Twitter where we will be discussing student memories, #ThrowbackThursdays, and all things Seventies.