Anthony Powell gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an epic twelve volume cycle of novels about twentieth century British society.
This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing Britain through war and peace in all its eccentricity. And it was inspired by the author’s own life immersed in rich social intrigue – debutante balls, penniless muses, publisher feuds, summers on the French Riviera, weekend parties at country houses, and friendships with everyone from Evelyn Waugh to Graham Greene to VS Naipaul.
Hilary Spurling brings all this back to vivid life, investigating the friends, relations, lovers and acquaintances, fools and savants who surrounded Anthony Powell, and who he immortalised in his literary legacy.
As recommended in the Slightly Foxed podcast, Episode 2: The Oldest Paper in the World.
‘Witty, spirited, richly crowded with incident and character – a joy to read’ Prospect