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This is an auction for THE WITCH OF EXMOOR by Margaret Drabble.

This is a wonderful book. - DH

"Freda Haxby Palmer, author of the feminist classic The Matriarchy of War, was always more popular with her readers than with her own children. Her three offspring, now married and middle-aged, lead respectable lives, but Freda's behavior has gone from bad to worse. She lives like a hippie in a rundown seaside retreat in Exmoor. Her most recent book, a romance novel based on the life of Queen Christina, was universally panned. But when Freda goes missing, her estate suddenly seems more desirable. A movie producer has optioned her romance novel, and a sizable fortune may go to her son-in-law, to finance his utopian dream of creating a truly just society, an idea that makes the rest of the family cringe. This novel reexamines one of Drabble's favorite themes, the extent to which political idealism is a luxury of the privileged classes."
- Library Journal (US)

"Comic irony . . . is rare in contemporary fiction, perhaps because it appeals to the head, not the heart, and because it is a difficult balancing act. To succeed, it must repel sentiment without sacrificing compassion. In The Witch of Exmoor, Margaret Drabble gets the balance just right and proves herself a master of the art."
- Los Angeles Times

"Drabble slyly contrasts the fairy tale-like roles she has teasingly fashioned for her characters with acute social commentary. Witty, original, and caustic, Drabble dazzles."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Penguin paperback 1997.

276 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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