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  • Published: 30 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446452554
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

Little Wilson and Big God




The first part of Anthony Burgess's two-volume autobiography

LITTLE WILSON AND BIG GOD, the first part of Anthony Burgess's two-volume autobiography, tells the story of a disaffected Manchester Catholic from his birth in 1917 up to the commencement, in 1959, of his career as a professional writer. Born Jack Wilson, the son of Catholic Irish and Lancashire parents, Burgess grew up in one of the toughest areas of Manchester, with a burgeoning awareness of an artistic talent which for a long time could not find its proper outlet. It deals also with an unending struggle to reconcile a Catholic conscience with the prematurely discovered pleasures of sex. It details his tempestuous first marriage, an army career more comic than heroic, and his years as an education officer in Malaya and Borneo. It was in the Far East, at the age of thirty-seven, his marriage in trouble, drinking heavily, that Burgess began to write the first of the novels that were to make his name.

  • Pub date: 30 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446452554
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

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.

He achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the leading novelists of his day, and one of the most versitile. His writings include criticism, scripts and translations, and a Broadway musical, and he composed three symphonies which have been publicly performed in the USA. His books have been published all over the world and include A Clockwork Orange, The Clockwork Testament, Inside Mr Enderby, Enderby's Dark Lady, Earthly Powers, Abba Abba and The End of the World News.

Anthony Burgess died in 1993.

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Praise for Little Wilson and Big God

“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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