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.