This week’s feature is Margaret Drabble’s novel The Pure Gold Baby, which is just out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This is Dame Drabble’s seventeenth book, and her first novel in nearly a decade, since The Red Queen (Harcourt, 2004). In the interval she has published a collection of stories, A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), and a memoir, The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009).
In the introduction to her recent review of The Pure Gold Baby, Ellen Prentiss Campbell writes:
It is good news that Drabble apparently could not resist another novel. The real estate in North London Drabble-land has appreciated and her cast of bohemian academics has aged over the fifty years since her first novel, A Summer Bird Cage (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1963), but she’s back, in fine form.
We’re also happy to announce that we’ll be giving away a copy of The Pure Gold Baby to three of our randomly selected Twitter followers. To be eligible for this giveaway (and all future ones), simply click over to Twitter and “follow” us (@fictionwriters).
To all of you who are already fans, thank you!