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The Red Queen

by Margaret Drabble

The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble X
The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
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    Oct 2004, 352 pages
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    Oct 2005, 348 pages

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Margaret Drabble was born in 1939 in Sheffield, England. Her father was a barrister, county court judge and a novelist, and her sister is the author A.S. Byatt. She attended the Mount School in York from where she won a scholarship to Newnham College, Cambridge to read English. She received a double first. After graduating from Cambridge she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford where she understudied for Vanessa Redgrave. She married the actor Clive Swift in 1960 and had three children. Following a divorce in 1975 she married Michael Holroyd in the early 1980s. The live in London and Somerset (South-East England).

She is the author of at least 16 novels and a range of non-fiction. Browse her complete bibliography at the excellent website: fantasticfiction.co.uk.

Trivia: Drabble's first husband, Clive Swift, plays the role of Richard, the long-suffering husband to Hyacinth Bucket (or should we say 'Bouquet') in the British comedy, 'Keeping Up Appearances'.

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