The Ice Age
By Margaret Drabble
A brilliantly ambitious state of the nation novel from one of Britain's best-loved authors.
Anthony Keating, a middle-aged former BBC producer turned property developer, has had a terrible year. His undoubted talents have brought him a dodgily prosperous living, an estranged wife, a devoted mistress, several children and a heart attack. He is paralysed by his situation, as are his friends by theirs. Welcome to the Ice Age.
In this brilliant tragicomedy, Margaret Drabble examines the complex state of Britain in the early 1970s - from the property crisis and collapsing economy to social unrest and a frozen culture. Darkly sardonic but brilliantly humane, The Ice Age tackles the anguish of thwarted hopes in search for new meaning.
Dame Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of nineteen novels including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen, The Sea Lady, The Pure Gold Baby and The Dark Flood Rises. 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. She was also awarded the 2011 Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature. She is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd.
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08 Aug 2019
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