The Story of the Forest by Linda Grant has been longlisted for this year’s Wingate Prize.
The 2023/4 Wingate Literary Prize long list explores close up perspectives on a diverse range of important themes this year, with insights from individuals who have navigated conflict and chronic illness, to tales of conflict, resistance and heroism. The long list is made up of three novels and ten non-fiction titles. Find out more: https://wingate.org.uk/literary-prize/long-list-announced-for-the-2024-wingate-prize/
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.
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?