The History Man

Picador Classic

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Howard Kirk, product of the Swinging Sixties, radical university lecturer, and one half of a very modern marriage, is throwing a party. The night will have all sorts of repercussions: for Henry Beamish, Howard’s desperate and easily neglected friend, and for Howard’s wife Barbara, promiscuous ’70s liberal and exhausted victim of motherhood.

The History Man is Malcolm Bradbury’s masterpiece and the definitive campus novel of the 1970s. It brilliantly satirizes a world of academic power struggles and abuse at the highest level as the Machiavellian Howard effortlessly seduces his way around campus.

About Malcolm Bradbury

Malcolm Bradbury was a well-known novelist, critic and academic. He co-founded the famous creative writing department at the University of East Anglia, whose students have included Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. His novels are Eating People is Wrong (1959); Stepping Westward (1965); The History Man (1975), which won the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize; Rates of Exchange (1983), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Cuts (1987); Doctor Criminale (1992); and To the Hermitage (2000). He wrote several works of non-fiction, humour and satire, including Who Do You Think You Are? (1976), All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go (1982) and Why Come to Slaka? (1991). He was an active journalist and a leading television writer, responsible for the adaptations of Porterhouse Blue, Cold Comfort Farm and many TV plays and episodes of Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Kavanagh QC and Dalziel and Pascoe. He was awarded a knighthood in 2000 for services to literature and died later the same year.

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Books by Malcolm Bradbury

Why Come to Slaka?
Why Come to Slaka?
Cuts
Cuts
Rates of Exchange
Rates of Exchange
Stepping Westward
Stepping Westward
Doctor Criminale
Doctor Criminale
Eating People is Wrong
Eating People is Wrong
To the Hermitage
To the Hermitage
All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go
All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Liar's Landscape
Liar's Landscape

Books in the Series

The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place
A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
Republican Party Reptile
Republican Party Reptile
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Psalm Killer
The Psalm Killer
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
Trumpet
Trumpet
The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
With Nails
With Nails
Quartet in Autumn
Quartet in Autumn
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
Quarantine
Quarantine
My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
The Drowned Book
The Drowned Book
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
Dispatches
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Essays In Love
Essays In Love
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
Unreliable Memoirs
Unreliable Memoirs
The South
The South
Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
Scottsboro
Scottsboro
The Debt To Pleasure
The Debt To Pleasure
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight