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This review is from: The Millstone (Penguin Decades) (Paperback)
These days, it's hard to believe that anyone could write a whole novel just about unplanned pregnancy and being a single mother, but in 1965 Rosamund Stacey found herself in what was then a rather unusual and controversial situation.
This is not a novel of gritty realism. Rosumund is a middle-class intellectual living in a paid-for flat with a sociable, liberal, open-minded lodger who helps out with childcare. There is nothing of the drudgery, tedium and exhaustion of single parenthood on a tight budget that the modern reader might expect. Rather, it focuses on Rosamund's emotions, and how her attitudes, expectations and priorities change when she becomes a mother.
As ever, Margaret Drabble writes fluently and evocatively, with fine attention to detail.