The first in a trilogy, this startling novel charts the radical change in Britain during the Eighties through the eyes of three women
1979. Three old Cambridge friends are brought together at a party to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the end of a decade. 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?
‘A sublime example of Drabble’s mastery in unravelling the intricacies of intimate relationships’ The Times
“Enormous in scope and profound in sympathy, it hits every note from exquisitely trivial detail to ludicrous daily comedy to numbing tragedy. Essential reading!”
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“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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“A sublime example of Drabble’s mastery in unravelling the intricacies of intimate relationships”
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Dame Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of twenty highly acclaimed novels. 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.