A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was written over a period of three weeks after he was misdiagnosed with brain cancer and given a year to live.He decided to spend that year writing five novels to provide for his wife after his death. Ironically, he outlived her.

Anthony Burgess at 100 Sean Bell TRYING to explain Anthony Burgess, even 23 years after his death, is an anxious exercise; there are too many books, so many legends, and no matter how much one analyses his career, it will always seem incomplete and inconclusive. Still, at the centenary of his birth, Burgess deserves reconsideration, …

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was written over a period of three weeks after he was misdiagnosed with brain cancer and given a year to live.He decided to spend that year writing five novels to provide for his wife after his death. Ironically, he outlived her. Read More »