Francesca Stubbs holds our hand as we take a walk through old age and death. Fran brings us to drinks with her dear friends, dropping off mouth-watering suppers for Claude, her ex-husband, warm and cosy in his infirmity. She visits her daughter, Poppet, holed up as the waters rise in a sodden West Country, and texts her son Christopher in Lanzarote, as he deals with the estate of his shockingly deceased girlfriend. The questions of what constitutes a good death and how we understand it preoccupy this glittering novel. The Dark Flood Rises asks momentous questions as it entertains and enthralls. In her beautifully imagined new book, Margaret Drabble is at her incisive best, exploring the end of life with her trademark humour, composure and wisdom.
'Reading Margaret Drabble's novels has become something of a rite of passage...Sharply observed, exquisitely companionable tales.' Washington Post 'One of the most versatile and accomplished writers of her generation.' -- Joyce Carol Oates New Yorker 'Drabble approaches the subjects of care for the disabled and one another, friendship and ageing with her customary intelligence and wisdom...she doesn't disappoint.' Launceston Examiner on The Pure Gold Baby 'Writers of a certain vintage often fall into one of two camps: those whose creative powers are irrevocably on the wane and those who are at the height of their game. Margaret Drabble's 18th novel, The Pure Gold Baby, is evidence, if we needed it, that the 74-year-old British novelist, biographer and critic fits firmly in the latter category.' Australian on The Pure Gold Baby 'The author pulls of the tricky subject...with aplomb, even humour, never self-pity.' Sunday Age on The Pure Gold Baby 'insightful and wise...[it] chronicles the deep challenges of parenting under any circumstances-yet it also captures the almost unbearable vulnerability of being human.' Boston Globe on The Pure Gold Baby 'In determinedly not giving a pleasing shape to the story of Jess and Anna, Margaret Drabble has written a novel in which she has resisted the temptation to form it into a pleasing work of art, instead offering a picture of life as one thing after another. Yet it is a version of a good life that she very winningly offers us, a life irradiated by kindness.' Scotsman on The Pure Gold Baby 'A magnificent novel that confirms Drabble's status as a national treasure.' Daily Mail on The Pure Gold Baby
Dame Margaret Drabble was born in 1939. She is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed novels, including most recently The Pure Gold Baby. She has also written biographies and 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.