A novel by M. Bradbury published in 1975. Set in the new University of Watermouth, it describes the sexual and political intrigues of manipulative radical sociologist Howard Kirk, long married to Barbara. Bradbury charts with a precise satiric wit the collapse of the early idealism of the 1960s, the triumph of trend and form over content, the progress of student unrest and sexual liberation, the moral inconsistencies of the Kirk position, and the power of the new orthodoxies. The large cast includes Henry Beamish, an accident‐prone ‘liberal reactionary’; his unhappy wife, Myra; and social psychologist Flora Beniform, who bestows sex as therapy.
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