Margaret Drabble

Novelist, biographer and critic.

Margaret Drabble

Biography

Date of birth: 5 June 1939

Margaret Drabble is a Sheffield-born author and sister of the novelist A.S. Byatt. The two famously feud--Drabble says she wrote about a family tea-set which Byatt had intended to use in her own writing. They seldom see each other and don't read each other's books.

Drabble was educated at the Mount School, a Quaker boarding school in York, and read English at Newnham College, Cambridge. She became an actress and worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon before her first novel, A Summer Bird Cage, the story of the relationship between two sisters, was published in 1963. She has written 18 novels since then, as well as a number of non-fiction texts and short story collections.

She is married to writer and biographer Sir Michael Holroyd. They live in Somerset.

Book and writing awards

Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature (2011). E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1973).

Similar authors to Margaret Drabble

A.S. Byatt, Joyce Carol Oates, and Doris Lessing

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The Pure Gold Baby

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The Pure Gold Baby is the story of Anna, a little girl with a luminescent quality, her mother, Jess, and the community that envelops them. A happy child, Anna is the unchanging core of this journey spanning decades and continents through the...
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The Pure Gold Baby (Paperback)

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 19/06/2014
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The Pure Gold Baby is the story of Anna, a little girl with a luminescent quality, her mother, Jess, and the community that envelops them. A happy... Read more

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The Sea Lady

The Sea Lady (Paperback)

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 02/08/2007
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The most recent novel by Margaret Drabble, The Sea Lady tells a story of first and last love, of evolution and the ebb and flow of time that gives... Read more

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The Red Queen: A Transcultural Tragicomedy (Paperback)

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 04/08/2005
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Set in 18th century Korea and the present day, Margaret Drabble's The Red Queen is a rich and atmospheric novel about love, and what it means to... Read more

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The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters (Paperback)

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 03/11/2011
Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Candida Wilton has been ignored by her husband and children for years, before being displaced by a younger woman. Moving to London, alone, divorced... Read more

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The Needle's Eye

The Needle's Eye (Paperback)

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 03/11/2011
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Simon Camish is an embittered, timid barrister, too busy with his own problems to take note of Rose Vassiliou across a dinner party table. But only... Read more

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Jerusalem the Golden

Jerusalem the Golden (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 03/11/2011
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Brought up in a stifling, emotionless home in the north of England, Clara finds freedom when she wins a scholarship and travels to London. There,... Read more

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The Millstone - Penguin Decades

The Millstone - Penguin Decades (Paperback)

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 01/04/2010
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This is a celebration of the drama and intensity of the mother-child relationship, Margaret Drabble's The Millstone won the John Llewellyn Rhys... Read more

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Angus Wilson: A Biography

Angus Wilson: A Biography (Paperback)

by Margaret Drabble

Format: Paperback 760 pages
Published: 20/08/2009
Publisher: Faber Finds

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Angus Wilson was a critic, lecturer and man of letters. Pre-eminently though he was a novelist, indeed, in the words of Paul Bailey 'no other... Read more

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