It is now 100 years since the birth, in Manchester, of a boy christened John Burgess Wilson, who at his confirmation into the Roman Catholic Church took the name of Anthony, patron saint of lost objects. About forty years later, he began to be modestly well known under the nom de plume of ‘Anthony Burgess’ […]

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation and the Observer newspaper are delighted to announce the winners of the latest Observer / Anthony Burgess Prizes for Arts Journalism, who were unveiled at a special event at King’s Place, London on Thursday 23 February. Judges Robert McCrum (Associate Editor), Sarah Donaldson (Arts Editor) and Andrew Biswell (Director, International Anthony Burgess Foundation) welcomed […]

We are delighted to announce a special anniversary collaboration between the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Thornbridge Brewery. The Pianoplayers is a new craft beer created to celebrate Anthony Burgess’s centenary in 2017. Using Mosaic, Amarillo and Simcoe hops, it is a clean, refreshing modern American Pale Ale style beer brewed at 5.2% that will […]

This picture was taken in Chiswick, London, and shows Burgess with his border collie Haji. Burgess originally bought the dog when he and his wife Lynne moved to Etchingham in 1960, where they already had a cat and kittens. According to Burgess, Haji was not the perfect pet. He was ‘crafty, disobedient, and ignorant of […]

One of my favourite authors, the delightfully chaotic Anthony Burgess, bought a splendid old house in Lija, the village next to ours. With his lively second wife and their small son, he had now moved to Malta where, like me, he was enjoying the escape from city pressure. But there was one big difference between […]

Deep in the Burgess Foundation collections is a treasure trove of reel-to-reel tapes and films in now obsolete media. We have managed to digitise some of this valuable material but much still remains to be discovered. One particularly intriguing item is this tape labelled ‘The Eyes Of New York’ by Anthony Burgess. According to the […]

In much of Anthony Burgess’s fiction, there are overt references to his home town, even in those novels that have nothing to do with Manchester – be it some minor character having a Mancunian accent, or one of the city’s landmarks being referred to fleetingly: Belle Vue Zoo cited during an unsatisfactory meal in Singapore […]

Anthony Burgess is the greatest of Manchester’s writers, and if he possesses all our virtues, he more than shares our vices. A Mancunian who has made a splash in the arts or letters is automatically a public intellectual, at least in their own head. There is a loud, ostentatious intelligence to the city’s writers that […]

Burgess’s inscribed copy of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here (1935) displays the tag-line ‘The Ultimate Triumph of the Silent Majority’, something that indicates the novel’s relevance today. Burgess says in The Novel Now (1967), the book proves that ‘America can have its own bad dreams’, with antagonist Senator ‘Buzz’ Windrip securing presidential victory, dissolving […]

ONE: He wrote books under three different names. Born John Burgess Wilson in 1917, he adopted the pen-name ‘Anthony Burgess’ in 1956, when he published his first novel, Time for a Tiger. He also published two books as Joseph Kell, and a volume of literary history as John Burgess Wilson. He wanted to publish his […]