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Novelist, biographer and critic.
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).
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Posted on 19th Jun, 2014 by Margaret Drabble
Read the opening chapter of our Book Club book of the week - Margaret Drabble's The Pure Gold Baby.