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Nicholas Mosley

Nicholas Mosley

Nicholas Mosley, born in 1923, is the author of thirteen novels, including ACCIDENT, IMPOSSIBLE OBJECT, HOPEFUL MONSTERS (which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1991), THE HESPERIDES TREE, two biographies, a travel book, a book about religion and most recently the novel INVENTING GOD. He lives in London.
 

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GOD’S HAZARD

 

God is said to have givem humans freedom. Yet in the story of Genesis God is punishing father figure. Why have humans portrayed him like this? God’s Hazard tells the story of Adam, a contemporary writer who imagines God behaving as a good father should and writes an account of this, as well as of his relationship with his own daughter, Sophie. The scene moves from London to New York, Israel and Iran. And might not God as well as Adam have a wife to take up the cause if things go wrong?
PUBLISHER: Dalkey Archives
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2009
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PARADOXES OF PEACE

 

Paradoxes of Peace continues the meditation of Mosley’s Time at War, at the end of which he wrote that humans find themselves at home in war because they feel they know what they have to do, whereas in peace they have to discover this. During World War Two, Mosley found himself having to combine fondness for his father with the need to speak out against his post-war politics. Now, in times of peace, his love for his wife and children is riddled with paradoxes. How does caring not become a trap?

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PUBLISHER: Dalkey Archives

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2009

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TIME AT WAR

Nicholas Mosley, son of Oswald Mosley and his first wife, is an admired novelist, most famous for ACCIDENT, filmed by Joseph Losey from a Harold Pinter screenplay and starring Dirk Bogarde.
Although he has previously published an autobiography, Nicholas Mosley has hitherto avoided writing about his WWII experience, in which his tangled relationship with his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British fascist movement, plays a major part.
TIME AT WAR shows Mosley coming of age as a young officer in the forcing house of war and being despatched as part of the Rifle Brigade to join the allies as they fight their way up Italy. At one point he ignominiously loses most of his platoon. Eventually he leads his men to capture a strategic farmhouse not far from Monte Cassino and wins the MC.
Mosley gives his account against the backdrop of being the son of Britain’s fascist leader who was imprisoned with his second wife (Diana, one of the Mitford sistrs) in Brixton jail not long after the outbreak of war. What would have happened if Nicholas had been captured by the Germans and then identified?
In fact at one point in the Italian campaign this happens. How he survives demonstrates that fact can sometimes be more bizarre than fiction.
TIME AT WAR is both an absorbing war memoir and intriguing account of a relationship unlike any other in WWII. How do you live your life when Britain is fighting the axis powers when your father is the self-proclaimed British fascist leader?

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PUBLISHER: Orion

PUBLICATION DATE: August 2006

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EFFORTS AT TRUTH

 

Nicholas Mosley – novelist, biographer, screenwriter and editor – describes his professional life dealing with words and his struggle with the paradox of trying to get at reality through writing.

 

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PUBLISHER: Secker

PUBLICATION DATE: October 1994

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A GARDEN OF TREES

 

Returning to London from a trip to the West Indies, an aspiring writer encounters a bewitching trio of friends whose magic lies in their ability to turn any situation into fantasy. Previously out of place in the world, the narrator falls in love with the young brother-sister pair of Peter and Annabelle, as well as the older, more political Marius. Reality soon encroaches upon the foursome, however, in the form of Marius ‘s ailing wife, forcing the narrator to confront the dark emptiness and fear at the heart of his friends joie de vivre. In this, his second novel written in the 50s and never before published Nicholas Mosley weighs questions of responsibility and sacrifice against those of love and earthly desire, the spirit versus the flesh.

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PUBLISHER: Dalkey Archive Press

PUBLICATION DATE: 19 June 2012

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BEYOND THE PALE: SIR OSWALD MOSLEY, 1933-80


PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: October 1983

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RULES OF THE GAME: SIR OSWALD AND LADY CYNTHIA MOSLEY, 1896-1933

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1982

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HOPEFUL MONSTERS

 

This Whitbread Book of The Year Award winner for 1990 is the final novel of the “Catastrophe Practice” series. Set in the 1920s and 30s it tells the story of two young radicals, Max and Eleanor, who meet, love, separate and come together again during the maelstrom of the Spanish Civil War.

 

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1990

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ACCIDENT

 

Accident, Nicholas Mosley’s brilliantly conceived and efficiently structured novel about Oxford University and environs, is a prose poem about marriage and infidelity, as well as the relationship between writing and existence, imagination and action. It is a study of the games academics play both with their students and with themselves, on campus and off, in bed or on the cricket fields or baronial halls of the landed gentry. By probing the mind of one philosopher-don, Stephen, who has second thoughts about what constitutes an “accident,” Mosley gives us an unforgettable view of life at the top or tip of the academic heights, in addition to a moving story of love and betrayal.

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PUBLISHER: Dalkey Archive Press

PUBLICATION DATE: 28 November 1985

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IMPOSSIBLE OBJECT

 

“The object of life is impossible; one cuts out fabrication and creates reality. A mirror is held to the back of the head and one’s hand has to move the opposite way from what was intended.”

 

In these closing lines from Impossible Object, one has embodied both Nicholas Mosley’s subject of love and imagination, as well as his unmatched lyric style. In eight carefully connected stories that are joined by introspective interludes on related subjects, the author pursues the notion, through the lives of a couple seen by different narrators, that “those who like unhappy ends can have them, and those who don’t will have to look for them.”

 

The impossible object of the title, “the triangle that can exist in two dimensions but not in three,” is a controlling symbol for the impossibility of realizing the good life unless one recognizes the impossibility of attaining it: only then can it be possible to realize it, through a kind of renunciation, especially in “a sophisticated, corrupt, chaotic world.” Such a provocative theme, comic or tragic by turns, was met by critics in 1968 as brilliant, insightful, intense, and moving, but especially original.

 

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PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton

PUBLICATION DATE: 1968

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THE USES OF SLIME MOULD: ESSAYS OF FOUR DECADES

 

Including pieces on Gregory Bateson, William Faulkner, Philip Pullman, Sir Oswald Mosley’s politics, religion and stammering, this diverse collection gathers essays written by Nicholas Mosley over the past forty years. Resembling the behaviour of slime mould – a strange organism made up of separate amoebae that temporarily form a single pillar which then bursts in order to scatter its seeds across the forest floor – the ideas found in these essays converge and disperse, crossing over into other disciplines, and creating a unique way of looking at the world, one echoed in Mosley’s fictional writings.

 

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PUBLISHER: Dalkey Archive Press

PUBLICATION DATE: 2004

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JULIAN GRENFELL: HIS LIFE AND THE TIMES OF HIS DEATH, 1888-1915

 

This biography of the First World War poet Julian Grenfell, first published in 1976, is, we believe, one of the best biographies of recent times – partly because so much of it is about his mother, the fascinating but maddening Ettie Desborough. It is quite short compared with many modern biographies, and very readably written: Nicholas Mosley’s career has been as a much-acclaimed novelist, yet for this work of non-fiction he was also able to draw on extremely interesting and previously unused family papers.The subtitle is ‘His life and the times of his death’ and by that, as Mosley explains in a new Preface, he ‘meant to convey the idea that Julian Grenfell’s short life was circumscribed by the time into which he was born; that to a young man from Julian’s background who grew up in the years leading to the First World War, the style and attitudes of the society around him were such that the chance of death was something almost to be welcomed as a way of dealing with the predicaments that confronted him.’Julian and his generation seemed to want to die in battle: to help the reader towards an understanding of this is the main theme of the book.

 

It also brings Edwardian society to life, as well as describing in detail his relationship with his mother: this is the strongest element in Julian Grenfell, stronger even than the theme of the welcoming of war.

 

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PUBLISHER: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

PUBLICATION DATE: 1976

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EXPERIENCE AND RELIGION: A LAY ESSAY IN THEOLOGY

 

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PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton

PUBLICATION DATE: 1965

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JUDITH

 

A novel based on the interlocking fortunes of the characters in “Catastrophe Practice”.

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1986

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LOOK AT THE DARK

 

‘On a dark night a person searches on the brightly-lit ground under a lamp-post. A passer-by asks – For what are you searching? The person says – For the keys to my house. The passer-by says – Is this where you lost them? The person says – No I lost them in the dark, but this is where the light is.’

 

A retired academic and writer lies in a New York hospital bed. He has come there from his home in London to appear as a pundit on television, only to be knocked down by a car. Formerly an anthropologist, he is now tired of looking for order and reason where he can see none. His views on human nature and war are provocative and he has begun to find himself in demand. The forced inactivity allows him to reflect on the course of his life – the work he has done, the women he has known – and the characters from it begin to gather him: his first wife Valerie, his new wife Veronica, his son Adam.

 

He considers his first marriage and the curious version of fidelity they evolved, his days of teaching at Oxford, and the trip to Iran that saw him return with Nadia, a young girl whom he assists in escaping to a different life in England.

 

Witty, philosophical, and wise, Nicholas Mosley’s latest novel is a timely portrait of one man’s attempt to bring order to his disordered existence.

 

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

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MEETING PLACE

 

Harry Gates has reached a crisis in his life. The son of rich, pleasure-loving parents, he and his American wife Melissa have reacted against the decadence of their relatives and friends. But when Melissa returns to America, Harry is left to enjoy his old friends in Fleet Street and Soho.

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PUBLISHER: Weidenfeld & Nicholson

PUBLICATION DATE: 1962

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THE HESPERIDES TREE

 

One of Nicholas Mosley’s most compelling and provocative novels, The Hesperides Tree draws on the themes explored in his Catastrophe Practice Series—the importance of myth and coincidence in our lives. A young man frustrated by the inability of either of his two chosen disciplines—biology and English—to articulate a complete view of the world leaves his university and embarks upon a quest to find the girl he fell in love with years before, and to understand the relationship among things. His journey leads him to a deserted island—home to a species of rapidly evolving birds—that may be the mythical Garden of the Hesperides, where the Tree of Life is thought to be.

 

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1 February 2001

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IMAGO BIRD

 

An exploration of the inability of language to account for thought and feeling, Imago Bird is also an inventive and witty coming-of-age story. Eighteen-year-old Bert, highly intelligent and nephew to the prime minister of England, tries to make sense of the adult world around him (a mix of politics, pop stars, and television personalities) while struggling with a constant stammer and questions about the relationship between the interior and exterior world.

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1980

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CHILDREN OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT

 

In Children of Darkness and Light, Mosley takes on what for most novelists has been the most challenging of subjects: a novel directly concerned with religious belief. A middle-aged, burnt-out journalist is sent to the north of England to do a story about the possible appearance of the Blessed Virgin to a group of children, though this may be a rumor initiated by the government to cover up a nuclear disaster. Or both. Out of such conflicting possibilities, Mosley invents a sinister world where nothing is what it seems to be. And as Mosley’s narrator moves through the possibilities of half-truths, lies, conspiracies, and betrayals, he himself creates a parallel crisis in his personal life wherein he and his wife are trying to destroy their marriage or save it, or – as we come to expect in Mosley novels – do both at once. And behind all this is the possibility that the narrator – half philosopher and half would-be saint – is little more than a middle-aged man trying to justify his irresponsibility and infidelity behind a shield of wit and irony.

 

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1996

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ASSASSINS

 

As one of the characters in Assassins says, “Tolstoy was right, you can’t beat the Gods. It’s the small things – the warp and woof – that make up the pattern. And how much influence do we have over the small? Now that’s a theme for a modern writer.” And Nicholas Mosley is this writer. Part political thriller and part love story, Assassins explores the “small things” that give shape and meaning to the “big events.”

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PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton

PUBLICATION DATE: 1966

 

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NATALIE NATALIA

 

On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Anthony Greville, a disenchanted politician, travels to Africa to report on a revolt against a white government. Embroiled in an adulterous affair with Natalie Natalia, and paralyzed by his brittle life, he suffers a complete mental collapse.

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PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton

PUBLICATION DATE: 1971

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INVENTING GOD

Hafiz is a twenty-five year old Muslim doing post-graduate work in genetics a the University of Beirut. He is one of a team working on the possibility of fashioning a biological weapon that would be effective against some ethnic groups and not others. This project seems to him impossible, but still highly dangerous. Lisa is a sixteen year old Israeli girl who feels threatened by the Jewish insistence on dwelling on memories of the Holocaust. She looks for a way out to a future. Maurice Rotblatt is a middle-aged ex-television-guru who comes to the Middle East and calls for a plague on all ethnic and religious belligerents. He then disappears. His friends in England wonder – is he a victim? A trickster? Or has he left hints about some hope for the future? The story ends in September 2001. It is by the ability to look at the interweaving actions and aspirations of many different characters – in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, England – that there might be a chance, it is suggested, for humans to be nudged out of their self-destructive genetic and environmental conditioning. “Inventing God” is a fascinating book and highly topical new novel from a previous winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award.

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 2 January 2003

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CATASTROPHE PRACTICE

 

Nicholas Mosley’s exploration into the patterns which govern life and the necessary catastrophes (mental and physical) which shatter complacency and lead to progress.

 

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1979

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THE ASSASSINATION OF TROTSKY

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PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph

PUBLICATION DATE: 15 May 1972

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SERPENT

 

On board a plane, Jason, a scriptwriter working on a film about Masada, is involved in a series of conflicts involving a possible hijacker, his own past and a contemporary crisis in Israel. This is the third book in Mosley’s “Catastrophe Practice” series.

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PUBLISHER: Secker & Warburg

PUBLICATION DATE: 1981

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