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The Ice Age

Margaret Drabble

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A brilliantly ambitious state of the nation novel from one of Britain's best-loved authors.

Anthony Keating, a middle-aged former BBC producer turned property developer, has had a terrible year. His undoubted talents have brought him a dodgily prosperous living, an estranged wife, a devoted mistress, several children and a heart attack. He is paralysed by his situation, as are his friends by theirs. Welcome to the Ice Age.

In this brilliant tragicomedy, Margaret Drabble examines the complex state of Britain in the early 1970s - from the property crisis and collapsing economy to social unrest and a frozen culture. Darkly sardonic but brilliantly humane, THE ICE AGE tackles the anguish of thwarted hopes in search for new meaning.

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Praise for The Ice Age

  • Stunningly ambitious . . . a continuously readable, continuously surprising book - OBSERVER

  • One of our foremost women writers - GUARDIAN

  • 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

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