Children first, books second, lovers third
“Books or babies?” It’s a choice that has presented itself to female novelists for centuries, says Margaret Drabble in UnHerd. And for a long time the answer, mostly, was books: great writers from Jane Austen, George Eliot and the Brontës to Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf all chose the pen over the pram. But there have always been those who managed to buck the trend. And as a female novelist and mother, I have long delighted in collecting their tips and tricks.