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Circus of Dreams: Adventures in the 1980s Literary World

John Walsh

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Biography: literary

An elegy to a golden age of literature, The Golden Page divulges how the British literary scene underwent an unrecognisable transformation in the 1980s, almost eclipsing writers of the previous generation.

Something extraordinary happened to the UK literary scene in the 1980s. A new wave of talented young novelists appeared in the space of five years, challenging the Establishment writers whose heyday had been the 1950s. While a score of ageing British authors still roamed the plains in the 1980s, a generation of young British writers took the literary novel into new realms of setting, subject matter and style. It began with two names - Martin Amis and Ian McEwan - and, in a very few years, became a flood. With these ground-breaking new ideas came the inevitable controversies, the climax of which came in the form of a death sentence from an Islamic leader who became, literally, the world's most lethal critic.

The Golden Page will offer a personal record of this explosive turning point from John Walsh, a journalist who was in all the right places at all the right times.

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