Margaret Drabble 21 September 2013 9:00 am
Sathnam Sanghera, in his family memoir The Boy with the Topknot, heaped much largely affectionate contempt and ridicule on his…
Margaret Drabble 12 January 2013 9:00 am
The subtitle of Deirdre David’s life of Olivia Manning, ‘A Woman at War’, has a resonant double meaning. She was,…
Margaret Drabble 4 May 2012 11:00 pm
It is disconcerting to discover that a novelist a generation older than oneself has been trying to write ‘a sort…
Margaret Drabble 18 December 2010 12:00 am
Javier Marias’s elegant new volume is a collection of ghost stories, but its alluring dust jacket, illustrating the first tale, shows us a sunny midsummer image of a woman in a bikini admiring herself on a beach.
Margaret Drabble 9 October 2010 12:00 am
The Potteries are one of the strangest regions in the British Isles, and Matthew Rice’s The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent celebrates their extraordinary oddity.