The eleventh novel in Anthony Powell's brilliant twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time
Anthony Powell was born in 1905. After working in publishing and as a scriptwriter, he began to write for the Daily Telegraph in the mid-1930s. He served in the army during World War II and subsequently became the fiction reviewer on the TLS. Next came five years as literary editor of Punch. He was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1988. In addition to the twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell is the author of seven other novels, and four volumes of memoirs, To Keep the Ball Rolling.
"'Intricate and enthralling - As always, the novel pivots on a concept of the profound comedy of all human posture. But the humour is indisputably darker, pervaded by a sense that soon careers will be concluded, aspirations wither away. Rich, complex, original showing consummate narrative skill'" Times Literary Supplement "'I think it is now becoming clear that A Dance to the Music of Time is going to become the greatest modern novel since Ulysses'" -- Clive James "'I would rather read Mr Powell than any English novelist now writing'" -- Kingsley Amis "'Mr Powell's imagination is inexhaustible'" Spectator "'I find Powell the sort of writer who exerts such a strong pull that turning anyone else's books, after his, calls for an effort of will - One of the most individual tones of voice in contemporary novel-writing and one of the most artful'" -- Norman Shrapnel Guardian