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Margaret Drabble


UK flag (1939 - )
Sister of Antonia S Byatt

Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and educated at the Mount School, York, and Newnham College, Cambridge. She is a novelist and critic, and editor of the fifth edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Margaret Drabble is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd, and they divide their time between London and Somerset.
 
Margaret Drabble recommends
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The Echoing Grove (1953)
Rosamond Lehmann
"Lehmann has always written brilliantly of women in love."
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Eva Trout (1968)
Elizabeth Bowen
"Miss Bowen is magnificent when she writes about conspiracy, duplicity and ambiguity, and her achievement is extremely impressive."
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Gentlemen and Ladies (1968)
Susan Hill
"She has the gift of writing books that one has to read compulsively to the end."
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The English Lover (1977)
Jonathan Smith
"A quiet, subtle, accomplished and absorbing book."
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The Juniper Tree (1985)
Barbara Comyns
"Resonant, challenging, memorable."
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Pilcrow (2006)
(John Cromer, book 1)
Adam Mars-Jones
"One of the most remarkable novels I have read in recent years."
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Unexpected Lessons in Love (2013)
Bernardine Bishop
"Frank, courageous and entertaining. I felt better for reading it."
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Dying (2016)
Cory Taylor
"A powerful, poignant and lucid last testament."

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