The History Man

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Publication date: 13.09.2012
ISBN: 9781447222811
Number of pages: 272


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.

In the media

Very funny . . . a quite ruthless satire
Evening Standard
Extremely witty . . . Bradbury writes brilliantly
New York Times
Malcolm Bradbury has come up with a novel that simply must be read
Daily Telegraph