Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939 and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of 17 highly acclaimed novels, including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone and most recently The Pure Gold Baby. She has also written biographies and screenplays, and was the editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature. She was appointed CBE in 1980, and made DBE in the 2000 Honours list. She is married to the biographer Sir Michael Holroyd.