Witty and compassionate, the extraordinary debut from one of our greatest novelists, about lies and deceit, love and forgiveness
In her witty, masterful debut novel, Margaret Drabble conjures a gripping story of sibling rivalry. Louise, beautiful and sophisticated, marries wealthy novelist Stephen Fairfax. Sarah, recently graduated from Oxford, is thrown back into family matters. Louise’s life becomes one of parties, gossip columns and glamour. Sarah, now in London, begins to discover a newfound freedom, only glimpsing her sister’s fashionable life. But as rumours of infidelity in Louise’s marriage surface, Sarah finds that her sister, beneath her cool exterior, may not be the woman she thought she was.
‘Margaret Drabble’s early novels were intimate and sprightly chronicles of the small dissatisfactions and small triumphs of young women like herself’ – Hilary Mantel
“Her bright, insouciant début novel … joined the strengths of old-school realism with the playful detachment and blatant mythmaking of postmodernism”
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“Her book … has considerable humour, urbanity and intelligence”
”Praise for Margaret Drabble: One of the most thought-provoking and intellectually challenging writers around”
“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”
“Margaret Drabble’s early novels were intimate and sprightly chronicles of the small dissatisfactions and small triumphs of young women like herself”
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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 nineteen 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.