Oct 2, 2013 — In The Pure Gold Baby, a budding anthropologist raises a developmentally disabled child and confronts the challenges of middle age. This is a surprise comeback for author Margaret Drabble, who swore in 2009 that she'd never publish fiction again.
Mar 28, 2012 — Margaret Drabble's short stories reveal the contours of her life over the past 50 years, while Leslie Daniels explores a woman's life after divorce, and mystery writer Donna Leon looks into the death of a widow. Plus two new biographies explore the lives of Gypsy Rose Lee and Nashville songwriter Rodney Crowell.
Apr 23, 2011 — Dame Margaret Drabble is more well known for her novels of contemporary English life, but a new collection of her short stories charts the evolving emotional life of women in England over the past half-century.
Dec 3, 2009 — Correspondent Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Daniel Goldin and Lucia Silva. Their selections include comics about philosophy, novels about building families, and a box set that dives into the process of writing.
Dec 3, 2009 — Margaret Drabble's "personal history with jigsaws" follows diversions, reminiscences, and the author's thoughts on history, philosophy, and literature.
Dec 12, 2008 — If reading a story is — as John Gardner said — like falling into a vivid and continuous waking dream, then is giving a book like giving someone a dream? Reviewer Alan Cheuse puzzles over the perfect books for your loved ones this year.
Nov 14, 2008 — This Doris Lessing collection features three dozen of the Nobel Prize-winner's short stories.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Stories by Doris May Lessing and Margaret Drabble. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories by Margaret Drabble and Jose Francisco Fernandez. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.