Her many novels began with 'A Summer Birdcage' (1963); she edited 'The Oxford Companion to English Literature' (1985); and most recently she has published a memoir, 'The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws'.
Born and schooled in the north of England, she went to university in Cambridge, and then lived for many years in London. She now divides her time between London and Somerset, and finds herself increasingly drawn to the West Country, and to the landscapes of the early poems of Wordsworth and Coleridge.
by Margaret Drabble
A Writer's Britain