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Anthony Burgess


(John Anthony Burgess Wilson)
UK flag (1917 - 1993)

aka Joseph Kell

The writer and critic Anthony Burgess was born John Anthony Burgess Wilson in Manchester. He studied at Xaverian College and Manchester University, lectured at Birmingham University, worked for the Ministry of Education, and taught at Banbury Grammar School. He then became an education officer in Malaya and Brunei where his experiences inspired his MALAYAN TRILOGY (1965). His many novels include A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, 1985, and ANY OLD IRON. In his later years he lived in Monaco. He died in 1993
 
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The Doves of Venus (1960)
Olivia Manning
"The most considerable of our women novelists."
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Dead Fingers Talk (1963)
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"It demands to be read... Greatest living writer... the first original since Joyce."
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The Village (1966)
Thomas Hinde
"A superb novelist - one of the most powerful and brilliant amongst contemporary British writers."
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The Dice Man (1971)
(Dice Man, book 1)
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"Touching, ingenious and beautifully comic."
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The Blood Oranges (1971)
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"Rich, evocative, highly original piece of fiction. It gilds contemporary American literature with real, not synthetic, gold."
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Crash (1973)
J G Ballard
"A work of very powerful originality."
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Aren't You Rather Young to be Writing Your Memoirs? (1973)
B S Johnson
"...the only living British author with the guts to reassess the novel form, extend its scope and still work in a recognisable fictional tradition."
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In the Ocean of Night (1977)
(Galactic Center, book 1)
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"Science fiction at its very best."
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The Stone Arrow (1978)
(Pagans Trilogy, book 1)
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"A remarkable achievement."
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And Again? (1979)
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"A novel of great originality. It reaffirms that life is worth living."
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A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)
John Kennedy Toole
"A fine funny novel. This is the kind of book one wants to keep quoting from."
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Serenissima (1987)
Erica Jong
"Fresh, innovative, ingenious...moving. The imagination of the poet she essentially is strikes deep. I recommend it with all my heart."
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Mr. Fox (1987)
Barbara Comyns
"Let us make no bones about it: Barbara Comyns is one of our most original talents."
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An Adultery (1987)
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"A psychological masterpiece."
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The Art of the Novel (1988)
Milan Kundera
"A 'practitioner's confession'... highly readable, provocative, and of inspirational force."
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Forgotten Life (1988)
(Squire Quartet, book 2)
Brian Aldiss
"A triumphant success."
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The Holy Innocents (1988)
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"In the tradition of Jean Cocteau's Les Enfants Terribles, considered a masterpiece. This is a far better book."
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In a Cafe (1995)
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"I envy the skill of Mary Lavin. . . . In her capacity to make much out of little, to compress an entire ethos into an apparently banal situation, she reminds us what literature is all about."

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