'What is written lives far longer than we do -- or so we would like to think.' From unfinished novel to unsent letters, from prose to play, from Macclesfield to the New Year's Honours List, Liar's Landscape is evidence of the late great author's versatility, wit and passion for the written word.
When Sir Malcolm Bradbury died in 2000, he left behind a lifetime's work; some of it published and some of it not; fiction and non-fiction; short stories and novels; completed work, work in progress, work barely begun; plans, sketches, notes, titles. Given shape and coherence by his son, Dominic, that work has now become Liar's Landscape, a book about books, about writing and writers, about being a writer and, of course, about being Malcolm Bradbury.
'Liar's Landscape is essential reading for all admirers of Malcolm Bradbury and, for those who don't know his work, an invaluable sampler of his worldly-wise humour and satirical wit' Tom Rosenthal, Independent
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About the Author
MALCOLM BRADBURY was a well-known novelist, critic and academic, and set up the famous creative writing department of the University of East Anglia, whose students have included Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. Bradbury was the author of seven novels, including To the Hermitage (2000), and wrote several works of non-fiction, humour and satire. He was an active journalist and a leading television writer, responsible for the adaptations of Porterhouse Blue, Cold Comfort Farm and episodes of Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Kavanagh QC, and Dalziel and Pascoe. He was awarded a knighthood in 2000 and died the same year.
DOMINIC BRADBURY is a writer and journalist. He has written a number of books on architecture and design and contributes to many magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph . He lives in Norfolk.
Malcolm Bradbury was a well-known novelist, critic and academic. He co-founded the famous creative writing department at the University of East Anglia, whose students have included Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. His novels are Eating People is Wrong (1959); Stepping Westward (1965); The History Man (1975), which won the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize; Rates of Exchange (1983), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Cuts (1987); Doctor Criminale (1992); and To the Hermitage (2000). He wrote several works of non-fiction, humour and satire, including Who Do You Think You Are? (1976), All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go (1982) and Why Come to Slaka? (1991). He was an active journalist and a leading television writer, responsible for the adaptations of Porterhouse Blue, Cold Comfort Farm and many TV plays and episodes of Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Kavanagh QC and Dalziel and Pascoe. He was awarded a knighthood in 2000 for services to literature and died later the same year.
Table of Contents
Macclesfield, 1940 1
Royal Train 9
Dracula Country 17
Sons and Mothers 21
A Week or so in Rome 27
In Praise of Grammar Schools 47
Dearing Up the Campus 53
Under the Dome 39
Time Called While You Were Out 63
Reading Parties 79
The Waiting Game 83
The Age of Anxiety: the 1950s 101
The Days of the History Men 107
Convergence: A Story 111
Loving Norfolk 123
The Recent Adventures of Robinson Crusoe 129
Do We Have Great Novels Any More? 137
Welcome Back to the History Man 143
The Wissenschaft File 149
Furling the Flag 163
She's Got to Have It - The First Great Shopaholic 321
A Modest Proposal 327
John Blackwell 331
Mortal Fictions 333
Liar's Landscape 341
Afterword David Lodge 413
What People are Saying About This
"Essential and poignant reading for readers knowing Bradbury’s work . . . should encourage those unfamiliar with his writing to seek out his [work]." Library Journal