This is Wilson's most ambitious novel, a saga covering fifty years of the Matthews family. Departs from his earlier realist style, 'mingling parody and dramatization with direct narration in a rich and complex evocation of family politics and neuroses'. A comprehensive and critical , but nonetheless sympathetic, treatment of English cultural assumptions. AUTHBIO: Angus Wilson was one of Britain's most respected twentieth century novelists. His razor-sharp and savagely witty examinations of British manners, characters and social conflicts resonate with a wide readership. He was born in 1913 in Surrey, and went on to work for a variety of organisations including the intelligence services at Bletchley and the British Library before publishing his first book to great acclaim in 1949. He founded the world-famous Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia with Malcolm Bradbury in the late 1960s, and became Chair of the Arts Council's Literature Panel and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was also one of Britain's first openly gay writers, tackling the subject in his writing well before the liberalisation laws of 1967. He was knighted for services to literature in 1980.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.