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Malcolm Bradbury

(Sir Malcolm Bradbury)
UK flag (1932 - 2000)

Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE was an English author and academic. He is best known to a wider public as a novelist. Although he is often compared with David Lodge, his friend and a contemporary as a British exponent of the campus novel genre, Bradbury's books are consistently darker in mood and less playful both in style and language. His best known novel The History Man, published in 1975, is a dark satire of academic life in the "glass and steel" universities the then-fashionable newer universities of England that had followed their "redbrick" predecessors which in 1981 was made into a successful BBC television serial. The protagonist is the hypocritical Howard Kirk, a sociology professor at the fictional University of Watermouth.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Eating People Is Wrong (1959)
   Stepping Westward (1965)
   The History Man (1975)
   Rates of Exchange (1983)
   Why Come to Slaka? (1986)
   Cuts (1987)
   Doctor Criminale (1992)
   To the Hermitage (2000)
   Four tales (1962)
   Who Do You Think You Are? (1976)
   After Dinner Game (1982)
   Liar's Landscape (2006)
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Anthologies edited
   The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1987)
   New Writing: v. 1 (1992) (with Judy Cooke)
   New Writing: v. 2 (1993) (with Andrew Motion)
   Present Laughter (1994)
   Unthank (1994)
   Class Work (1995)
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Malcolm Bradbury recommends
Alligator Playground (1997)
Alan Sillitoe
"A major writer who ought to be read."
A Way in the World (1994)
V S Naipaul
"His own modern labour of love, loss and disquiet, this really is a book to treasure."
Damascus Nights (1993)
Rafik Schami
"Timely and timeless at once."

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Books containing stories by Malcolm Bradbury
Sightlines (2001)
edited by
P D James and Harriet Harvey Wood

Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1983) : Rates of Exchange

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