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The Dark Flood Rises

(2016)
A novel by

 
From the great British novelist Dame Margaret Drabble comes a vital and audacious tale about the many ways in which we confront aging and living in a time of geopolitical rupture.

Francesca Stubbs has an extremely full life. A highly regarded expert on housing for the elderly who is herself getting on in age, she drives "restlessly round England," which is "her last love . . . She wants to see it all before she dies." Amid the professional conferences that dominate her schedule, she fits in visits to old friends, brings home cooked dinners to her ailing ex-husband, texts her son, who is grieving over the shocking death of his girlfriend, and drops in on her daughter, a quirky young woman who lives in a flood plain in the West Country. Fran cannot help but think of her mortality, but she is "not ready to settle yet, with a cat upon her knee." She still prizes her "frisson of autonomy," her belief in herself as a dynamic individual doing meaningful work in the world.

The Dark Flood Rises moves between Fran's interconnected group of family and friends in England and a seemingly idyllic expat community in the Canary Islands. In both places, disaster looms. In Britain, the flood tides are rising, and in the Canaries, there is always the potential for a seismic event. As well, migrants are fleeing an increasingly war-torn Middle East.

Though The Dark Flood Rises delivers the pleasures of a traditional novel, it is clearly situated in the precarious present. Margaret Drabble's latest enthralls, entertains, and asks existential questions in equal measure. Alas, there is undeniable truth in Fran's insight: "Old age, it's a fucking disaster!"

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Used availability for Margaret Drabble's The Dark Flood Rises


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Hardback Editions

February 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises: A Novel
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
ISBN: 0-374-13495-2 / 978-0-374-13495-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
ISBN: 1-78211-830-6 / 978-1-78211-830-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
ISBN: 1-78211-833-0 / 978-1-78211-833-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
ISBN: 1-78211-831-4 / 978-1-78211-831-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

February 2017 : Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
ISBN: 1-5200-6542-6 / 978-1-5200-6542-7
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February 2017 : Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
ISBN: 1-5200-6546-9 / 978-1-5200-6546-5
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January 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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January 2017 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

February 2017 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises: A Novel
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   

November 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Dark Flood Rises
Author(s): Margaret Drabble
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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