“Was this the beginning, was this the true moment of conception? Was this the distant early meeting place that had engendered the pure gold baby?”
Margaret Drabble returns with a powerful novel of unbreakable love, enduring friendships and a society changing forever
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 lives of those that love her.
This profoundly engaging portrait of family, friendship, and the way we care for each other is a powerful reminder, if one were needed, of Margaret Drabble’s literary greatness.
“Extraordinary and intriguing”
author Of The Outcast
See more reviews
”The Pure Gold Baby is an unexpected gift from a great author. How do we treat the child who walks among us in a different way than most? In Margaret Drabble’s hands the answer is with a depth of empathy few master. Fortunately for us, Drabble has spent a lifetime doing just that in exquisitely written prose”
author Of The Lovely Bones
“Moving and meditative”
“Superb … a richly complex narrative voice achieves a choric magnificence hardly equalled in her earlier work”
“Involving and unexpectedly rich … a magnificent novel that confirms Drabble’s status as a national treasure”
Dame Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of eighteen novels including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen, The Sea Lady and most recently, the highly acclaimed The Pure Gold Baby. She has also written biographies, screenplays and was the editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature. She was appointed CBE in 1980, and made DBE in the 2008 Honours list. She was also awarded the 2011 Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature. She is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd.