In 1912, a child in a Yorkshire mining town studies for the Cambridge entrance exam so she can escape to another life. Decades later Faro, her granddaughter, returns. Faro?s father was the son of refugees who fled European unrest. But for all her exotic ancestry and glamour, has she travelled any further than her Beaseborough kin? Drabble?s novel explores intergenerational relationships, inheritance, adaptation and an individual?s place in history.
Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield and lives in London. She was awarded the CBE in 1980. Her novels include A SUMMER BIRD CAGE (1963), THE GARRICK YEAR (1964), THE MILLSTONE (1965), THE ICE AGE (1977), THE MIDDLE GROUND (1980), THE RADIANT WAY (1987), A NATURAL CURIOSITY (1989), THE GATES OF IVORY (1991) and THE WITCH OF EXMOOR (1996). She has also published several works of non-fiction.