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No babble from Margaret Drabble

This morning The Guardian reported that Margaret Drabble has decided to give up writing novels over a fear of repeating the same stories and senarios from her earlier novels. … Stephen King and the rest of you recycling lot, take note.

“The 69-year-old author of novels including A Summer Birdcage and The Ice Age told the Radio 4 arts programme Front Row last week that she had stopped writing fiction. “What I don’t like is the idea that I’m repeating myself without knowing it, which is what old people do endlessly. The numbers of times I’ve heard people tell the same stories – the numbers of times I’ve told the same stories – and you don’t really want to start doing that in novels, when somebody can say hmm, you wrote that in 1972,” she said.”

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