By Nick Rennison
That includes a large variety of latest British novelists from Iain Banks to Jeanette Winterson, Louis de Bernieres to Irvine Welsh and Salman Rushdie, this booklet bargains an outstanding introductory consultant to the modern literary scene. every one access comprises concise biographical details on all the key novelists and an research in their significant works and topics. absolutely cross-referenced and containing wide courses to additional examining, Fifty modern British Novelists is the suitable advisor to trendy British fiction for either the coed and the modern fiction buff alike.
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The difficulty with The New Confessions is that the reader is never sure how far Boyd wishes us to believe in Todd’s alleged genius. The book shows all the talent for panoramic narrative that was so evident in An Ice-Cream War but what are we to make of a narrator whose final thoughts on life are some rather banal reflections on his insignificant place in the universe: The world and its people spin along with me, an infinite aggregate of atoms, all obeying Werner Heisenberg’s Un-certainty Principle.
Staring at the Sun, Cape, 1986. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, Cape, 1989. Talking It Over, Cape, 1991. The Porcupine, Cape, 1992. Letters from London 1990–95, Picador, 1995 (essays). Cross Channel, Cape, 1996 (short stories). England, England, Cape, 1998. , Cape, 2000. Something to Declare, Picador, 2002 (essays). WILLIAM BOYD (born 1952) Boyd’s first novel seemed to suggest that he would be a writer to follow in the footsteps of Evelyn Waugh and Kingsley Amis. The anti-hero of A Good Man in Africa (1981), Morgan Leafy, is the first secretary of the British Deputy Commission in the imaginary West African country of Kinjanja.
Narcoleptic Sarah is about to break up with Gregory, fed up with being treated like his research subject rather than his lover. Amongst the other residents, Robert, hopelessly in love with Sarah, looks on in mute despair as she becomes drawn into a relationship with a woman, whilst Terry is obsessed with cinema and his spectacular, fourteen-hour Technicolor dreams. Twelve years later Terry, now a film critic but chronically insomniac, hears that Ashdown has become a sleep-disorder clinic. He books himself in and finds that Gregory is now Dr Dudden, the head of the clinic.