Margaret Drabble

Marriage Material, by Sathnam Sanghera - review

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…

Olivia Manning in 1955

Her fighting soul

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,…

The usual suspects

5 May 2012 11:00 am

It is disconcerting to discover that a novelist a generation older than oneself has been trying to write ‘a sort…

Mysteries and hauntings

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.


Absurdly grandiose – and splendid

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.