A Writer's Britain
- ISBN 9780500514931
- 21.50 x 13.50 cm
- First published 2009
‘… an understanding of social history as deep as her knowledge of literature’ – The Times
‘Drabble makes lively connections, parallels and distinctions … one of the great pleasures of the book is its quotations, generous in length, pertinently chosen … instructive and entertaining’ – The Spectator
‘A sensitive and, at times, moving survey of the relationship between place and writer’ – Contemporary Review
Nearly all British poets and novelists have had their roots in a particular region, described with varying degrees of love and intimacy.
Some of them consciously identify themselves with this sense of place – Wordsworth with the Lakes, Hardy with Wessex, Crabbe with East Anglia. In others the association is more subtle.
In this enormously evocative and rewarding anthology, Margaret Drabble, herself a star in the literary firmament, explores the part that this feeling for locality and landscape has played, often quite unobtrusively, and shows how pervasively it has fashioned some of the greatest works in the language.
See the article Margaret Drabble's Top 10 Literary Landscapes in The Guardian in which – from St Ives to Aldeburgh, the Lakes to Stonehenge – Margaret Drabble describes her favourite places to go walking in the footsteps of great writers.
Margaret Drabble is the author of seventeen novels, and edited The Oxford Companion to Literature (1985, 2000). Her critical works include studies of William Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy.
See more about Margaret Drabble and video of her speaking about 'A Writer's Britain'