The first in Drabble’s trilogy, followed by A Natural Curiosity and The Gates of Ivory
‘A sublime example of Drabble’s mastery in unravelling the intricacies of intimate relationships’ The Times
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1979. Three old Cambridge friends are brought together at a party to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and the end of a decade. A portentous moment. A moment to reflect on what had seemed to be - and a moment to prophesy.
Esther, Liz and Alix first met in Cambridge in the early fifties, a time when their futures held glittering promise. But with the dawn of the Thatcher era, everything changed. Now middle-aged, how will these confident women cope with the personal and professional challenges they will come to face?
The first in a trilogy, The Radiant Way is a biting exploration of the changing values of modern Britain and a sensitive portrayal of human relationships, seen through the kaleidoscopic gaze of these three women.
“A sublime example of Drabble’s mastery in unravelling the intricacies of intimate relationships”
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“Humane, intelligent, engrossing”
“An important book - entertaining, sad, witty, lively, dense with detail”
“The emotional withdrawal proposed to us in The Radiant Way is truly radical … This novel is a valuable specimen of a new consciousness”
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“In Britain, Drabble tells us, ambition and idealism are damned equally. The women survive, detached from the world they were so engaged in a decade earlier. The men do worse … Drabble surrounds her chilling message - violent disintegration lurks just under the surface - with all kinds of skillful social detail … when she takes off into her own elegant figures and jumps, she puts on quite a show”
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 Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen and most recently The Pure Gold Baby. The Radiant Way is the first in a trilogy, followed by A Natural Curiosity and The Gates of Ivory. 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.