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Reading the Decades 1980s

It was a decade that began with the election of a former movie cowboy to the White House and ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall. In between came Zimbabwean independence, democracy in much of Latin America, Live Aid and the horrors of shoulder pads. It was a fantastic time for fiction: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale presented a classic of dystopian fiction, In Anthills of the Savannah Chinua Achebe exposed the dark heart of new African democracy and Kenzaburo Oe's The Silent Cry questioned the rigidity of Japanese family traditions.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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Milan Kundera; Michael Henry Heim
 
Offers a wide range of philosophical speculations and it descants on a variety of styles. This book draws together the Czechoslovakia of the Prague Spring and the Russian invasion, the...
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Waiting for the Barbarians
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J. M. Coetzee
 
For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is.
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Nights at the Circus
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Angela Carter
Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe's capitals, part swan ...or all fake? Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of...
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The Satanic Verses
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Salman Rushdie
 
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Schindler's Ark
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Thomas Keneally
 
Winner of the Booker Prize and international bestseller
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Money: A Suicide Note
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Martin Amis
This is the story of John Self, consumer extraordinaire. Rolling around New York and London, he makes deals, spends wildly and does reckless movie-world business, all the while grabbing everything...
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In the Country of Last Things
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Paul Auster
 
Tells the story of Anna Blume and her journey to find her lost brother, William, in the unnamed City. The author takes us to an unspecified and devastated world in...
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An Awfully Big Adventure
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Beryl Bainbridge
 
*'This is one of Bainbridge's best books. The close observation and hilarity are underlain by a sense of tragedy as deep as any in fiction' THE TIMES
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Lanark: A Life in Four Books
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Alasdair Gray; William Boyd
 
Tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw.
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Hotel du Lac
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Anita Brookner
 
Into the rarefied atmosphere of the Hotel du Lac timidly walks Edith Hope, romantic novelist and holder of modest dreams. Edith has been exiled from home after embarrassing herself and...
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A History of the World In 10 1/2...
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Julian Barnes
 
Beginning with an unlikely stowaway's account of life on board Noah's Ark, this book presents a surprising and subversive fictional-history of earth told from several kaleidoscopic perspectives.
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A Good Man in Africa
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William Boyd
 
Escapee from suburbia, overweight, oversexed... Morgan Leafy isn't overburdened with worldly success. Actually, he is refreshingly free from it. But then, as a representative of Her Britannic Majesty in tropical...
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Moon Tiger
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Penelope Lively; Anthony Thwaite
 
Claudia Hampton lies dying in hospital. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter; and Tom, her one great...
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Restoration
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Rose Tremain; Rose Tremain
 
Robert Merivel is a dissolute young medical student when an accident of fate leads him to the attention of King Charles II. Finding favour with the King, Merivel embarks on...
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The Woman in Black
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Susan Hill
 
Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs...
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The Handmaid's Tale
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Margaret Atwood
 
Offers offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even...
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