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Earthly Powers

Earthly Powers

As told by the central character himself, a distinguished British writer in his eighties, Earthly Powers is the life of Kenneth Marchal Toomey - from the First World War to the final years of sun-drenched idleness in Malta. A homosexual unable to reconcile his nature with the teachings of the Church, Toomey opted as a young man for a life of loneliness and exile - first in the Paris of James Joyce and Ezra Pound and later in Hollywood at the height of its glamour and corruption.

About the Author

Anthony Burgess

Anthony Burgess is the pen name for John Burgess Wilson who was born in Mancester in February 1917.  His first novel to be published was Time for a Tiger in 1956.  His other novels include The Doctor is Sick, A Clockwork Orange and Earthly Powers which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  He also published two novels, One Hand Clapping and Inside Mr. Enderby, under the pseudonym Joseph Kell.  He composed a large amount of music in the last twenty years of his life.  Anthony Burgess died in London in November 1993.