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  • Published: 8 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446440858
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
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The Kindly Ones




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

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'He is, as Proust was before him, the great literary chronicler of his culture in his time.' GUARDIAN
A Dance to the Music of Time is universally acknowledged as one of the great works of English literature. Reissued now in this definitive edition, it stands ready to delight and entrance a new generation of readers.

In this sixth volume, with Britain on the brink of war yet again, Nick Jenkins reflects back on his childhood growing up in the shadow of World War I. Wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, Nick sets his sights on becoming an officer in the Army, and asks his old school friend Widmerpool, who is gaining prominence in the business world, if he will help him. But reserves lists are quickly filling up with names, and it’s not long until the threat of war is the one thing on everyone’s mind.
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  • Pub date: 8 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446440858
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

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 The Kindly Ones

“One of the great novel-sequences in English Literature – a wonderful portrait of society, full of insight into the complexities of human behaviour, richly detailed and shrewdly funny.”

William Boyd

““A Dance To The Music of Time” is an epic, elegant masterpiece, so full of lightness and comedy that you're unprepared for how it quietly wrecks your heart.”

Lauren Groff

“Discovering Anthony Powell’s “A Dance to the Music of Time” has been one of the greatest pleasures of my reading life. The cool elegance of the prose, the deliciously dry humour, the confident choreography of his characters make for an incomparable treat.”

Michael Palin

“Powell’s novel sequence is at once a rich chronicle of 20th-century English social life and an intricately wrought work of art. It is also extremely funny, in its sly fashion.”

John Banville

“A masterful stylist and a wise, often hilarious observer of human nature and his times, Anthony Powell is an under-appreciated literary gem. The pleasures and dramas of the “Dance” continue to illuminate daily life.”

Claire Messud

“I re-read the “Dance” every five years or so and always find something new – the world has changed but the characters are evergreen. Everybody has a Widmerpool in their life.”

Daisy Goodwin

“He has wit, style, and panache, in a world where those qualities are in permanently short supply”

The New York Review of Books

“[A] comic masterpiece”

Irish Times

“Comic, satisfying, thought-provoking, addictive”

Daily Telegraph

“Emerging from an Anthony Powell novel, I tend to feel that no one else living really writes English- The Kindly Ones is as magnificently comic as anything in the series”

Sunday Times

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

Kingsley Amis


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