Literary Programme 2018

Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble

Maritime Hotel

Wed 18 July 2018



We are delighted to welcome Margaret Drabble to West Cork to read from her latest novel The Dark Flood Rises.

She has often suspected that her last words to herself and in this world will prove to be ‘You bloody old fool’ or, perhaps, depending on the mood of the day or the time of the night, you fucking idiot’…

Fran may be old but she’s not going without a fight. So she dyes her hair, enjoys every glass of red wine, drives around the country for her job with a housing charity and lives in an insalubrious tower block that her loved ones disapprove of. And as each of them – her pampered ex-husband Claude, old friend Jo, flamboyant son Christopher and earnest daughter Poppet – seeks happiness in their own way, what will the last reckoning be? Will they be waving or drowning when the end comes?

By turns joyous and profound, darkly sardonic and moving, Margaret Drabble’s triumphant, bravura novel The Dark Flood Rises takes in love, death, sun-drenched islands, poetry, Maria Callas, tidal waves, surprise endings – and new beginnings.

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017 and Guardian Best Books of the Year

‘One of the most thought-provoking and intellectually challenging writers around.’ Financial Times

‘An absolute tour de force’ The Guardian

‘Darkly witty and exhilarating’ The Times

Dame Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of eighteen novels including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen, The Sea Lady and most recently, the highly acclaimed The Pure Gold Baby. She has also written biographies, 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.

Margaret’s photo is by Ruth Corney