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

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This final volume from the great novelist and critic "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 humor and satirical wit."  —Independent
When Sir Malcolm Bradbury died in 2000, he left behind a lifetime's work: published and unpublished; fiction and nonfiction; short stories and novels; completed work and work in progress. Given shape and coherence by his son, Dominic, that work...

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Overview

This final volume from the great novelist and critic "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 humor and satirical wit."  —Independent
When Sir Malcolm Bradbury died in 2000, he left behind a lifetime's work: published and unpublished; fiction and nonfiction; short stories and novels; completed work and work in progress. Given shape and coherence by his son, Dominic, that work has now become Liar's Landscape—a book about books, about writing and writers, and, of course, about being Malcolm Bradbury. Taking the reader from unfinished novels to unsent letters, and from prose to plays, it is eloquent evidence of Bradbury's versatility, wit, and passion for the written word.

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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
Library Journal

Bradbury (1932-2000) was a renowned English novelist, critic, and academic. As a tribute to him, Dominic Bradbury has assembled unfinished works and uncollected stories he found in his father's study into an anthology, also including numerous pieces previously published in English newspapers and magazines. The selections include autobiographical memoirs, short stories, a teleplay (Furling the Flag) that was never produced, and fragments from a novel (Liar's Landscape) about French writer François-René de Chateaubriand. These varied works show Bradbury's many styles and literary interests. Excluded are essays and criticism. As is usual with such compilations, some of the works are more memorable than others; this reviewer particularly liked the early short stories. The collection is essential and poignant reading for readers knowing Bradbury's work. It should encourage those unfamiliar with his writing to seek out his many published novels and short story collections. The afterword by David Lodge, a fellow academic novelist and close friend of Bradbury, is superb. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.
—Morris Hounion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780330435338
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet 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, 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.

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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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