Little Wilson and Big God
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Little Wilson and Big God

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These are Anthony Burgess's candid confessions: he was seduced at the age of nine by an older woman; whilst serving in Gibraltar in World War II he was thrown into jail on VE Day for calling Franco names; he once taught a group of Nazi socialites that the English equivalent of 'heil' was 'sod' and had them crying 'Sod Hitler'. Little Wilson and Big God moves from Moss Side to Malaya recalling Burgess's time as an education officer in the tropics, his tempestuous first marriage, his struggles with Catholicism and the beginning of his prolific writing life. Wise, self-deprecating and bristling with incident, this is a first-class memoir.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 330g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0099437058
  • 9780099437055
  • 409,874

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"Like the best of Burgess' novels, the book has terrific pace and vivacity... It is the story of a sort of Unlucky Jim"
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"Packed, provocative and masterly" -- Sebastian Faulks "Like the best of Burgess' novels, the book has terrific pace and vivacity... It is the story of a sort of Unlucky Jim" * LA Times *
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About Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester in 1917. He served in the army from 1940 to 1954 before becoming a colonial education officer. It was while he held this post that doctors told him he would die, and he decided to try to live by writing. A prolific and respected author, Burgess died in 1993.
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282 ratings
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