The Millstone, Paperback
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This is a celebration of the drama and intensity of the mother-child relationship, Margaret Drabble's The Millstone won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1965.

It is the Swinging Sixties, and Rosamund Stacey is young and inexperienced at a time when sexual liberation is well on its way.

She conceals her ignorance beneath a show of independence, and becomes pregnant as a result of a one night stand.

Although single parenthood is still not socially acceptable, she chooses to have the baby rather than to seek an illegal abortion, and finds her life transformed by motherhood.

Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain.

When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood.

All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. "Rosamund is marvellous, a true Drabble heroine ...what spirit is here". (Sunday Times). "One of our foremost women writers". (Guardian). "The novelist who will have done for late twentieth-century London what Dickens did for Victorian London". (The New York Times). Margaret Drabble was born in 1939 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the daughter of barrister and novelist John F.

Drabble, and sister of novelist A.S. Byatt. She is the author of eighteen novels and eight works of non-fiction, including biographies of Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson.

Her many novels include The Radiant Way (1987), A Natural Curiosity (1989), The Gates of Ivory (1991), The Peppered Moth (2000), The Seven Sisters (2002) and The Red Queen (2004) all of which are published by Penguin.

In 1980, Margaret Drabble was made a CBE and in 2008 she was made DBE.

She is married to the biographer Michael Holroyd, and lives in London and Somerset.




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It was a nice quick reading about an unmarried single mother in the early 60s. The protagonist describes how she got pregnant, the pregnancy and the first month with her daughter like a diary. When she knew that she was pregnant she was thinking about to get rid of the baby but by and by she decided to keep it. As a reader I knew that at that time it was unimaginable to be unmarried with a child. The protagonist was worrying how she would deal with all those difficulties but to be frank she was in a comfortable situation. She had the flat of her parents, a good education and the prospect of a good job and therefore she was in a much better situation than a lot of other women at that time.

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