Another great Margaret Drabble book! I was introduced to her in a contemporary literature class and have tried to read everything I could get my hands on. From the back cover: "Simon Camish, an embittered, diffident barrister, would have not particularly noticed Rose Vassiliou had he not been asked to drive her home one night after a dinner party. Yet at one time she had been notorious, her name constantly in the news. Now, separated from her Greek husband, she lives alone with her three children. And despite all the efforts of her friends, she refuses to budge from her slum house in a decaying district. Simon is drawn into her affairs when her husband takes legal action to re-open the question of custody. And, whilst the precise nature of the ties eludes him, he comes to realize that Rose and her Greek are inextricably bound to each other."