Little Wilson and Big God

Little Wilson and Big God Review

The first volume of the two-volume autobiography.

In an extraordinarily candid book of confessions, Anthony Burgess tells the story of a disaffected Manchester Catholic from his birth in 1917 up to 1959 and the commencement of his career as a professional writer. He details his burgeoning awareness of his artistic talent, his relationship with his first wife, his army career and his years as an education officer in Malaya and Borneo.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:Little Wilson and Big God
Edition Language:English

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    Little Wilson and Big God Reviews

  • Emmett

    Fact is stranger than fiction. Among self-effacing or preening autobiographies that fill the book market, this is a breath of fresh air. Burgess is so candid that it takes will to hear him out sometim...

  • Nigeyb

    An extraordinary autobiography. Prior to reading this, the only other book I'd read by Anthony Burgess was "A Clockwork Orange". I was inspired to read this book, having come across a short extract, p...

  • Dan Shorer

    Burgess is very much out of fashion these days, on the logical grounds that he was something of a serenely and mildly racist, sexist, homophobic imperialist of the cheerful and well-meaning variety. H...

  • Neale

    Little Wilson & Big God is a marvellous book - marvels are not to be trusted, of course. The fact that Burgess may or may not be blagging much of the time is part of the book's appeal: a great writer ...

  • Alan

    (1988 notebook): just finished LW&BG, Burgess's half life story - fascinated by his wife Lynne and would have liked more on her. His life seems a little too easy despite the experiences in Gibraltar a...

  • Avis Black

    Every now and then I dip briefly into the work of an author labelled 'literary,' and every time I quit in disgust. What is it about these writers? Narcissistic? Check. The inability to write a sentenc...

  • Liedzeit

    Streckenweise ein wenig ermüdend, aber doch faszinierend, die Tragik des Menschen, der so gern Komponist gewesen wäre, Joyce-Verehrer und Katholik - oder jedenfalls allezeit vom Katholizismus beglei...

  • Kate

    Recommended by Mary Carr in The art of memoir...

  • Ryan

    Burgess wrote two volumes of memoirs; this book covers his first forty two years. Though nearly twice the size of the second book, You've Had Your Time, it's half as interesting. It gives a rather dif...

  • Al Maki

    The first task was to quieten them, and not through the regular military technique of demanding quiet, which did not work. The thing to do was to grab some docker arbitrarily from the front row and ta...