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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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The Satanic Verses
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Salman Rushdie
 
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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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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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Lanark: A Life in Four Books
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Alasdair Gray; William Boyd
 
With a new introduction by William Boyd
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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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Waterland
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Graham Swift
 
Graham Swift's multilayered chronicle set in the Cambridgeshire Fens is widely regarded as one of the finest British novels of the 1980s.
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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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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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The Woman in Black
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Susan Hill
 
Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. The house stands at the end of a...
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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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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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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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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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Anthills of the Savannah
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Chinua Achebe; Maya Jaggi
 
Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan. In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are...
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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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