Liar's Landscape: Collected Writing from a Storyteller's Life

Liar's Landscape: Collected Writing from a Storyteller's Life

by Malcolm Bradbury

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Overview

'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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780330525763
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
File size: 542 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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
Honoured     407
Afterword   David Lodge     413

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"Essential and poignant reading for readers knowing Bradbury’s work . . . should encourage those unfamiliar with his writing to seek out his [work]."  —Library Journal

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