About this book
A taut and elegiac novel from Margaret Drabble, telling the story of first and last love, of evolution and the ebb and flow of time that shapes people's lives. 'Drabble excels at describing the minute detail of human behaviour..."The Sea Lady" is a potent tribute to lost dreams and harsh realities' "Independent"
Humphrey and Ailsa meet as children by a grey, northern sea. Humphrey is quiet, serious - and will in time explore the sea's mysteries; Ailsa is angry, a freckled cobra ready to strike. Yet they fascinate one another and when they meet again years later they fall briefly - and disastrously - in love.