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

Little Wilson and Big God




Wildly evocative of English provincial life in the 1920s, Little Wilson and Big God is an extraordinarily candid book of confessions.

This is the first volume of Anthony Burgess's two-volume autobiography. Complete in itself it 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, Burgess grew up in one of the toughest areas of Manchester between the wars. His childhood in his stepmother's rowdy slummy pub, and later in a tobacconist's shop and an of-licence in the more respectable suburb of Moss Side, offered little in the way of love, though later, in the attic bedroom he shares with a succession of putative maids, he was precociously initiated into the physical side of it.

  • 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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