A Natural Curiosity

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McClelland & Stewart, 1989 - Audiobooks - 308 pages
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Rich in character and incident, A Natural Curiosity sweeps the reader from smart London townhouses to a run-down embassy in the Middle East, from the splendours of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to drowsy afternoons in the hills of sunny Italy, as we re-encounter Alix, Liz, and Esther, three erudite, middle-aged, Cambridge-educated women living in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. The story opens in 1987, when Alix, a conscientious social worker, befriends a convicted killer, when a dazed housewife begins an affair with a stranger after her husband’s suicide, and a comfort-loving TV executive undertakes to rescue a friend who’s been kidnapped by terrorists. A Natural Curiosity is wondrous and astute, and in Margaret Drabble’s hands, the seemingly improbable becomes vividly real.

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Frances Jeater's sprightly but even-paced style carries the listener through this episodic novel set in 1980s Great Britain and captures the many moods of the characters. Part of a trilogy, the work ... Read full review

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Drabble's latest is a worthy sequel to The Radiant Way ( LJ 10/15/87 ) , continuing its story of enduring friendship among three vibrant women. Leading very different lives, they are united in an ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Margaret Drabble was born on June 5, 1939 in Sheffield, England. She attended The Mount School in York and later Cambridge University. Her novel "The Millstone won the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and she was the recipient of the James Tait Black and E. M. Forster awards. She was also awarded a Society of Authors Travelling Fellowship in the 1960s and the CBE in 1980.

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