Anthony Burgess

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Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and carefully encouraged scandals
The long read: Its knack for creating tension and controversy has helped it remain an energising force in publishing for more than 50 years – but how do writers, publishers and judges cope with the annual agony of the Booker?

Charlotte Higgins

05, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Poem of the week: To Vladimir Nabokov … by Anthony Burgess
Part showy display of literary style, part grumpy personal letter, this is a rich celebration of the power of writing

Carol Rumens

19, Apr, 2021 @10:50 AM

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Yiu: The World Was Once All Miracle; etc review | Andrew Clements's classical release of the week
Three works by Raymond Yiu highlight his instinctive originality, in evocative instrumental writing that is part game, part travelogue

Andrew Clements

12, Feb, 2021 @3:27 PM

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Top 10 Shakespearean books | Robert McCrum
William Shakespeare’s influence on English literature is enormous, but from Dr Johnson to Germaine Greer, some outstanding works have explored his legacy and life story

Robert McCrum

02, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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‘Don’t read Clockwork Orange – it’s a foul farrago,’ wrote Burgess
The great novelist saw himself as a poet, and newly found stanzas show him berating his own bestseller in verse

Dalya Alberge

08, Nov, 2020 @7:15 AM

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Burgess papers reveal alternatives to notorious Earthly Powers ‘catamite’ opening
As the novel turns 40, researchers discover manuscripts with different versions of the provocative first line

Vanessa Thorpe

17, May, 2020 @7:13 AM

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Thomas Keneally: ‘Does anyone write a good book at 83? Well, I think I have’’
The Australian novelist on crying over a Dickens biography, laughing at Kathy Lette and the classic he is ashamed not to have read

Thomas Keneally

06, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Are millennials really driving ‘cancel culture’ - or is it their overcautious critics?
Older generations argue that young people’s insistence on equality in all things – including books – threatens to stifle free speech. But is that always true?

Sofka Zinovieff

10, Jul, 2019 @10:03 AM

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Observer/Anthony Burgess prize for arts journalism 2019
Enter our annual competition for exceptional reviews of new works in the arts

The Observer

26, May, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The Clockwork Condition: lost sequel to A Clockwork Orange discovered
Unfinished manuscript found among Anthony Burgess’s papers was described by the author as ‘a major philosophical statement on the contemporary human condition’

Alison Flood

25, Apr, 2019 @9:13 AM

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How we made A Clockwork Orange – by Malcolm McDowell
‘The eyelid clamps kept slipping off and scratching my corneas. I was in so much pain I was banging my head against a wall’

Interviews by Phil Hoad

02, Apr, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Top 10 evil narrators
Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, American Psycho ... many of these books were originally condemned as immoral for humanising the evil at their heart

Leo Benedictus

27, Mar, 2019 @8:15 AM

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