Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling.
Margaret Drabble's The Millstone was published in 1965. Set in a London not yet quite swinging, where sexual liberation is still on its way, this prize-winning novel follows the progress of Rosamund Stacey, who becomes pregnant as a result of a one night stand, and must adapt to life as a single mother - finding herself transformed in the process.
Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She was awarded a CBE in 1980 . Her many novels include the trilogy The Radiant WayMargaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and educated(1987), A Natural Curiosity (1989) and The Gates of Ivory (1991), along with The Peppered Moth (2000) and The Seven Sisters (2002), all of which are published by Viking and Penguin. Among her non-fiction works are Arnold Bennett- A biography (1974), The Oxford Companion to English Literature (1985, 2000, editor) and Angus Wilson- A biography (1995).at Newnham College, Margaret Drabble is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd and lives in London. Cambridge. She was awarded a CBE iInterview with the Author n 1980. Her many novels i The Red Queen is comprised of two gripping storylines set centuries apart. What are the benefits of dividing the book into two separate time-frame divisions like this (rather than having continuous flashbacks interlacing the past and present)nclude the trilogy The Radiant Way (1987I had at first thought of a more conventional interweaving of past and present, but the first section of the book seemed to write itself, with great impetus, in the invented voice of the Red Queen, who seemed to override interruptions . So I decided to go along with her, and