The Millstone

Margaret Drabble

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Margaret Drabble’s third novel, The Millstone

‘This tale of sexual liberation in the swinging 60s retains its power to provoke’ Observer

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Rosamund Stacey has always been marked by a strange mixture of confidence and cowardice. A fiercely dedicated and resilient young woman, her future promises a fulfilling career despite the challenges of being a budding academic in sixties London. Yet in matters of love, she has been gripped by a deep-rooted, secret fear - of knowing someone physically.

But when she finally overcomes these fears, she finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand. Rosamund decides to keep the baby, facing society’s prejudice as a single mother - and is transformed in the process.

First published in 1965, Margaret Drabble’s third novel The Millstone, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, confirmed her as one of the most striking writers of the 1960s.

“This tale of sexual liberation in the swinging 60s retains its power to provoke”

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“Drabble’s vision of woman’s fate remains challenging, controversial, relevant and profound”
Elaine Showalter

“She writes not about exemplary women, but about real ones”
new York Times Review Of Books

“Rosamund is marvellous, a true Drabble heroine … what spirit is here”
the Sunday Times

“Wry and witty”
new Republic

Margaret Drabble

Dame Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of eighteen highly acclaimed novels including The Peppered Moth, the trilogy comprising The Radiant Way, A Natural Curiosity and The Gates of Ivory and most recently 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.