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  • Published: 15 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099472537
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99
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Hearing Secret Harmonies




The final novel in Anthony Powell's brilliant twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time

A Dance to the Music of Time chronicles the lives of over three hundred characters, and is a unique evocation of life in twentieth-century England. It is unrivalled for its scope, its humour and the enormous pleasure it has given to generations. This concluding novel in the sequence follows Nicholas Jenkins and a host of familiar characters now with the insights, maturity and obsessions of middle age. From a cultural conference in Venice to the decline and fall of Kenneth Widmerpool, it is a triumphant conclusion to a masterpiece of English fiction.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099472537
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell was born in 1905. After working in publishing and as a scriptwriter, he began to write for the Daily Telegraph in the mid-1930s. He served in the army during World War II and subsequently became the fiction reviewer on the TLS. Next came five years as literary editor of Punch. He was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1988. In addition to the twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell was the author of seven other novels, and four volumes of memoirs, To Keep the Ball Rolling. He died in March 2000.

Discover the extraordinary life of Anthony Powell – captured by acclaimed biographer Hilary Spurling in Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time – available now in hardback and ebook from Hamish Hamilton.

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Praise for Hearing Secret Harmonies

“'A unique joy'”

Sunday Times

“'Mr Powell's imagination is inexhaustible'”

Spectator

“'I think it is now becoming clear that A Dance to the Music of Time is going to become the greatest modern novel since Ulysses'”

Clive James

“'I find Powell the sort of writer who exerts such a strong pull that turning anyone else's books, after his, calls for an effort of will - One of the most individual tones of voice in contemporary novel-writing and one of the most artful'”

Norman Shrapnel, Guardian

“'I would rather read Mr Powell than any English novelist now writing'”

Kingsley Amis


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