Antic Hay, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


WITH A FOREWORD BY DAVID LODGE When inspiration leads Theodore Gumbril to design a type of pneumatic trouser to ease the discomfort of sedentary life, he decides the time has come to give up teaching and seek his fortune in the metropolis.

He soon finds himself caught up in the hedonistic world of his friends Mercaptan, Lypiatt and the thoroughly civilised Myra Viveash, and his burning ambitions begin to lose their urgency...Wickedly funny and deliciously barbed, the novel epitomises the glittering neuroticism of the Twenties.




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Light, amusing and a view of a changing british society.

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Written and set in the early 1920s, Antic Hay follows a group of upper class friends around London. There isn't much in the way of action; they spend most of the time discussing art, politics and philosophy and showing off. They are all lost and lonely in a changing world where all the old certainties have gone, and all the men are or have been in love with Myra Viveash, the most interesting and probably the most damaged character in the book.

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