The Sea Lady

Margaret Drabble

The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble (Paperback ISBN 9781838859725) book cover

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The Sea Lady tells a story of first and last love, of evolution and the ebb and flow of time that gives shape to our lives

Ailsa and Humphrey met as children by a grey, northern sea in post-war Britain. She, freckled and furious; he, quietly studious; both fascinated by the other. Years later, their lives collide as adults and burst into an intense yet brief love affair.

Now, after thirty years apart and at the close of the 20th century, their lives are converging once again as they hurtle towards each other by plane and train – their motivations, regrets and decisions laid bare.

With the gloriously astute eye that Margaret Drabble is celebrated for, The Sea Lady is an account of first and last love; of the lapping of time at our ankles, gradually eroding and shaping our lives.

“I have learned so much from Margaret Drabble’s work. Her prose is very beautiful, very funny, and the same time very serious”
Sally Rooney

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“Each of Margaret Drabble’s novels has been an accurate, honest record of its time in the idiom of its time”
Ursula K. Le Guin

“Marvellous … Utterly engrossing”

The Sea Lady proves [Drabble] remains one of the most thought-provoking and intellectually challenging writers around”
financial Times

“Drabble excels at describing the minute detail of human behaviour … The Sea Lady is a potent tribute to lost dreams and harsh realities”

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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