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The Foot of Clive

John Berger

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The second novel by writer-seer John Bergeroriginally published in 1962takes all the rigid mores of class, wealth, and morality of post-war, pre-60s England and brilliantly condenses them onto the microcosmic canvas of a hospital ward. However, these old structures are tested to breaking point with the arrival of a patient under police guard. How will the presence of Jack Housearrested for killing a cop but so badly beaten during his arrest that he may not live to see his trialdisrupt the lives and minds of the other patients? An early classic from one of the most important and human writers of the 20th-century.

In the centre of a 1960s hospital ward sits a curtained-off bed, guarded by a policeman. In it lies a murderer, hidden from view and likely to die before he can be hanged for his crime. In the closed, regimented society of the ward, his invisible presence fractures and rebuilds the way the other patients see the world. In the face of someone who has shattered all social covenants, life can no longer continue according to the rules.

Upturning conventions from morality to masculinity to class to prejudice, The Foot of Clive is a masterclass on humanity from the Booker Prize-winning author of G.

Publisher: Canongate Books
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 18 Jan 2024
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm
ISBN: 9781838859589