By James F. English
A Concise significant other to modern British Fiction deals an authoritative evaluate of latest British fiction in its social, political, and financial contexts.
* specializes in the fiction that has emerged because the overdue Nineteen Seventies, approximately because the commence of the Thatcher era.
* includes unique essays from significant scholars.
* themes diversity from the increase and fall of the postcolonial novel to controversies over the fame author.
* The emphasis is usually fiction scene, from bookstores and prizes to the altering economics of movie adaptation.
* allows scholars to learn modern works of British fiction with a far clearer feel of the place they healthy inside of British cultural existence.
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But, despite the exploitation of these and other legal loopholes, perhaps stimulated by the aftershock of the aggressive business behavior that had become the norm in Britain in the 1980s – the Thatcher decade – there was no “free market” in the American sense. That is to say, the retailer had no formal freedom to price new ﬁction from the date of publication or pre-publication itself. Such a free market was surely a theoretical terminus of Thatcherite thinking, and the space 20 Literary Fiction and the Book Trade for it might not have been created had British politics taken a different direction in 1979.
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