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The Novel Now: Contemporary British Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1386-1
264 pages
January 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Novel Now is an intelligent and engaging survey of contemporary British fiction.

  • Discusses familiar names such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and Angela Carter and compares them with more recent authors, including David Mitchell, Ali Smith, A.L. Kennedy, Matt Thorne, Nicola Barker, and Toby Litt
  • Incorporates original coverage of subgenres such as chick lit, lad lit, gay fiction, crime fiction, and the historical novel
  • Discusses the ways in which notions of regional identity and tribalist views have surfaced in UK and Irish fiction, and how post-Imperial sensibility has become a feature of the ‘British’ novel
  • Situates contemporary fiction within its socio-cultural and literary contexts.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part I: Realism Versus Modernism: Win, Lose or Draw?.

1. Before Now. A Brief Account of the Pre-1970s British Novel.

2. Something Unusual: Martin Amis and Ian McEwan.

3. The Effects of Thatcherism.

4. The New Postmodernists.

Part II: Excursions From the Ordinary.

5. The New Historical Novel.

6. Crime and Spy Fiction.

Part III: Sex.

7. Women.

8. Men.

9. Gay Fiction.

Part IV: Nation, Race and Place.

10. Scotland.

11. England, Englishness and Class.

12. The Question of Elsewhere.

13. Wales.

14. The Troubles.

15. Epilogue: The State of the Novel.

Select Bibliography: Recommended Further Reading.

Index

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Author Information

Richard Bradford is Professor of English at the University of Ulster. He has published 14 books on a variety of topics, from Milton to literary theory to post-war British literature. His recent biographies of Kingsley Amis (Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis, 2001) and Philip Larkin (First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin, 2005) have received excellent reviews.
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The Wiley Advantage


  • An in-depth look at contemporary fiction in Britain since 1970

  • Discusses familiar names such as Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and Angela Carter and compares them with more recent authors, including David Mitchell, Ali Smith, A.L. Kennedy, Matt Thorne, Nicola Barker, and Toby Litt

  • Incorporates original coverage of subgenres such as chick lit, lad lit, gay fiction, crime fiction, and the historical novel

  • Discusses the ways in which notions of regional identity and tribalist views have surfaced in UK and Irish fiction, and how post-Imperial sensibility has become a feature of the ‘British’ novel

  • Situates contemporary fiction within its socio-cultural and literary contexts.
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Reviews

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

"This survey of a vast field is elegantly managed, with agreeable readings along the way."
The Guardian

"Bradford is formidable, bracing and wildly stimulating"
The Telegraph


"The Novel Now shows that Richard Bradford is a very sharp and unillusioned critic; that he is his own man."
Martin Amis


Praise for Richard Bradford’s previous works:
For
Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis
"sharp and convincing… written with magisterial skill"
The Daily Telegraph
"perceptive… intelligent… written with an unstrident ease and sympathy that would surely have pleased his subject" The Spectator


For First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin
"quite the best book [on him] yet to appear… a masterful analysis… Bradford is in such complete command of his subject matter, nothing escapes him. It is as if he has had access to Larkin’s very thought processes. A great biography of a great artistic genius. Utterly magnificent"
The Daily Express
"extraordinary… quite the best thing to appear on Larkin in ages"
The London Evening Standard

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