BRADBURY, Malcolm PHILLIPS, Tom
Title: Cuts. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Hutchinson, London, 1987, ISBN:0091682800
Seller ID: 559
BRADBURY, Malcolm. Cuts. With drawings by Tom Phillips. London : Hutchinson, (1987). First Edition. Pp (7),2-106. Illustrated 8vo [approximately 6 by 9 inches], red cloth boards, black cloth spine, gilt lettering to front board and spine. Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury CBE (b. September 7, 1932, Sheffield – d. November 27, 2000, Norwich) was an English author and academic. "“It is the summer of 1986 and in the newspapers and on television “cut” is the commonest noun and the most regular verb. And up in the North of England two kinds of cuts are going on. They are cut-cut-cutting at a small provincial university where Henry Babbacombe, a much-ignored writer, does some teaching. And in the great glass tower of Eldorado Television, one of the smaller but more flamboyant of the programme companies, they are getting ready to make, cut and edit a major television series that will out-Bride Brideshead and make the Jewel in the Crown look like a drop in the ocean. Playing on the word "cuts" as he did on "exchange" in Rates of Exchange, Bradburycontructs a witty, abrasive vision of life in mid-1980's Tory Britain, and its entrepreneurial heroes anmd heroines - Babbacombe himself, academic tu rned tyro script-writer; the irascible Lord Mellow, Head of Eldorado, who knows how to make Art lie down with Commerce; Cynthia Hyde-Lemon, the very active Head of Productions; and Jocelyn Pride, Head of Drama, a youth of middle years, whose one mistake it has been to suggest a Gladstone series. There is also a fine cameo part for the great thespian knight Sir Luke Trimingham. Cuts: A Very Short Novel is Bradbury's first venture into the novella form, and the characterisation has sharper tocus than his other fiction. The story's force comes from the typical Bradbury mixture ot alarming humour and coruscating observation. There is also a rage in the book, about what has happened to Britain socially and artistically. When the laughs fade away, we are lett with the discomfort of a bitter satirical farce, and a new tone in Bradbury's writing." (from the dj). Small sticker mark on flyleaf, else very good in dustjacket. 20.00