||Linda Grant and Sadie Jones are two critically acclaimed authors who offer savvy observations and intricate insights into class, drama, relationships, identity and the human heart. <br><br>Linda Grant’s debut The Cast Iron Shore won the David Higham First Novel Award and her novel, When I Lived in Modern Times, won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her other books include The Clothes on Their Back, Sexing the Millennium and The People on the Street. The Times suggested her last novel, We Had It So Good, was close to the perfect novel whilst The Observer commented ‘Like the best novels, it makes you examine your own moral compass alongside that of its characters.’ Linda’s new novel, Upstairs at the Party, is a wonderful and quietly powerful story about hidden histories and the moments that shape our life. <br><br>Sadie Jones’s debut The Outcast won the Costa First Novel Award and was recently adapted into a primetime, two-part drama for BBC television. Her other novels include Small Wars and The Uninvited Guests. Ann Patchett suggested the latter was ‘so well written, so intricately plotted, that every page delivers some new astonishment’ whilst The Times have stated ‘Jones’s research is impeccable and her emotional intelligence outstanding.’ Sadie’s new novel, Fallout, tells the story of four young friends trying to forge their way in the brittle world of 1970s theatre, fuelled by ambition, love and betrayal. <br><br>Linda and Sadie will be in conversation with Carol Ackroyd.