The Needle's Eye

Margaret Drabble

The Needle's Eye by Margaret Drabble (Paperback ISBN 9781838857172) book cover

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2 June 2022

An honest and moving portrait of the everyday messiness of life, and the complications of love

Simon Camish, a resentful insecure barrister in a stifling marriage, would not have particularly noticed Rose Vassiliou had he not been asked to drive her home one night after a dinner party. Now, separated from her Greek husband, Rose lives alone with her three children. Despite all the efforts and sneers of her friends, she refuses to move from her crumbling house in a decaying neighbourhood to which she has become attached. Gradually drawn further and further into her affairs, Simon becomes aware that Rose is a woman of remarkable integrity and courage.

‘Though I have admired Miss Drabble’s writing for years, I will admit that nothing she has written in the past quite prepared me for the depth and richness of this book’ Joyce Carol Oates


“An extraordinary work … nothing she has written in the past quite prepared me for the depth and richness of The Needle’s Eye
new York Times

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The Needle’s Eye is that rare thing, a book one wishes were longer than it is”
new York Review Of Books

“Probing, entertaining, dazzling”
boston Globe

”Praise for Margaret Drabble: One of the most thought-provoking and intellectually challenging writers around”
financial Times

“I have learned so much from Margaret Drabble’s work. Her prose is very beautiful, very funny, and at the same time very serious. Novels like The Millstone and Jerusalem the Golden have helped me to understand what great writing can be”
Sally Rooney


Margaret Drabble

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.


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