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Rates of Exchange

Rates of Exchange

At first glance Dr Angus Petworth (also called Pitwit, Pervert, and Petwurt by his Soviet-bloc hosts) might appear stuffy; his is a pale-faced, middle-aged British professor of linguistics. But as soon as he sets out on a lecture tour behind the Iron Curtain and becomes embroiled in a confrontation with a matronly stewardess on the plane, it’s clear that he is off on a highly unusual adventure. Petworth makes his rounds of universities and after-hours vodka parties, weaving his way through a labyrinth of confusion, anxiety, and highly unlikely romance.

Rates of Exchange

About the Author

Professor Malcolm Bradbury

Sir Malcolm Bradbury was born in Sheffield in September 1932.  He was responsible for setting up the famous creative writing department at the University of East Anglia where he became Emeritus Professor of American Studies.  He was the author of seven novels and several works of non fiction.  His novels included The History Man  and Rates of Exchange which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.  His critical works included The Modern American Novel  and Dangerous Pilgrimages.  He also wrote television plays and adapted several television series including Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse Blue.  He was made a CBE in 1991 for services to literature and knighted in the New Year Honours List for 2000.  He died in Norwich in November 2000.