The Needle’s Eye
Simon Camish, a resentful insecure barrister in a stifling marriage, would not have particularly noticed Rose Vassiliou had he not been asked to drive her home one night after a dinner party. Now, separated from her Greek husband, Rose lives alone with her three children. Despite all the efforts and sneers of her friends, she refuses to move from her crumbling house in a decaying neighbourhood to which she has become attached. Gradually drawn further and further into her affairs, Simon becomes aware that Rose is a woman of remarkable integrity and courage.
‘Though I have admired Miss Drabble’s writing for years, I will admit that nothing she has written in the past quite prepared me for the depth and richness of this book’ Joyce Carol Oates
An extraordinary work . . . nothing she has written in the past quite prepared me for the depth and richness of The Needle's Eye * * New York Times * * The Needle's Eye is that rare thing, a book one wishes were longer than it is * * New York Review of Books * * Probing, entertaining, dazzling * * Boston Globe * * Praise for Margaret Drabble: One of the most thought-provoking and intellectually challenging writers around * * Financial Times * * I have learned so much from Margaret Drabble's work. Her prose is very beautiful, very funny, and at the same time very serious. Novels like The Millstone and Jerusalem the Golden have helped me to understand what great writing can be -- SALLY ROONEY She was one of the most assiduous chroniclers of female experience in Britain during that time. Drabble's work has always been characterised by astute social observation * * Guardian * * Each of Margaret Drabble's novels has been an extraordinary leap forward * * New York Times * * One of the most versatile and accomplished authors of her generation * * New Yorker * * One of our foremost women writers * * Guardian * *
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