A deliciously entertaining novel about the wife of an actor, and what happens when she decides she'd like a life of her own.
Emma, a young wife and mother living in London at the end of the Swinging Sixties, has been offered an exciting job - she is to be one of the first female newsreaders. Intelligent and attractive, with a passion for facts and a mild yearning for notoriety, she can't wait. But then her husband David, an egocentric actor, demands that she accompany him to Herefordshire for a season at a provincial theatre festival. Faced with seven months of rural tedium, Emma begins to look elsewhere for entertainment, and finds her eyes settling on producer Wyndham.
Full of charm and scandal, broken props and nasty bruises, THE GARRICK YEAR is a dazzling portrait of a marriage in crisis, and a woman determined to have more.
One of our foremost women writers - GUARDIAN
Drabble writes so penetratingly about the female condition that it is impossible not to laugh, wince and admire - NEW STATESMAN
The novelist who will had done for late twentieth-century London what Dickens did for Victorian London - NEW YORK TIMES
One of the most versatile and accomplished writers of her generation - NEW YORKER
Drabble excels at describing the minute detail of human behaviour - INDEPENDENT
Like Doris Lessing, that genius of the forcefully "creating" work of fiction, Miss Drabble presents characters who are not passively witnessing their lives (and ours); she is not a writer who reflects the helplessness of the stereotyped "sick society," but one who has taken upon herself the task, largely ignored today, of attempting the active, vital, energetic, mysterious re-creation of a set of values by which human beings can live