Margaret Drabble: Biography

Margaret Drabble

05 jun 1939

Margaret Drabble is a well known English writer whose works include ‘The Sea Lady’, ‘The Seven Sisters’, ‘The Peppered Moth’ and ‘The Needle’s Eye’. She has also written several plays and short stories.

Born in Sheffield, England, Margaret was the second daughter to John.F.Drabble, an advocate and novelist and Kathleen Marie, a teacher. Margaret started reading books as a kid and read passionately for years. She loved plays and used to do family plays for Christmas. She is a huge fan of Shakespeare. Margaret also enjoyed swimming and horse riding. In school, she used to write short stories.

Margaret studied English Literature at Cambridge University. Soon after completing her studies, she got married. Her husband used to work for long hours. Margaret’s career was not a planned one. Since she was unemployed, she started to write her first novel in order to drive away time.

Surprisingly Margaret’s first novel ‘A Summer Bird Cage’ which got published in 1963 received wide recognition among readers and critics. Since her first novel was a success, Margaret continued to write. Also she felt it convenient to write since she can manage her family and kids by scheduling her working hours.

Margaret has published over 17 novels, most recent one being ‘The Pure Gold Baby’. She has also written memoirs and short stories. Few of her stories are collected in ‘A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman’. Apart from novels, she wrote several books and articles on literature. She also edited the Oxford companion to English literature.

In honour of Margaret’s contribution to Literature, she was appointed as Commander and then promoted as Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire. University of Cambridge awarded Margaret the Honorary Doctorate in Letters. She was also the recipient of Golden PEN award for Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to Literature.

What started as a substitute to boredom has made Margaret the renowned author she is today. Margaret Drabble rightly feels that ‘grief and in some awful way boredom is creative’.