The Golden Age of Censorship
by Paul Hoffman
A dazzling, masterful and compelling novel that challenges our ideas about censorship, prejudice and the fine line between art and exploitation.
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Doubleday UK
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I enjoyed this, and raced through it in a couple of days. I'm not sure that it will appeal very widely as the book is very preoccupied with cinema and censorship issues and it's some time before the narrative drive becomes apparent. I think that's a strength as the topics are both very interesting to me personally, but I realise lots of other people might be saying "get on with it" long before the novel slips into higher gear. The latter part of the book dwells as much on personal-political issu...more
Possibly the only novelist of his generation to be born by the light of a paraffin lamp, Paul Hoffman spent much of his childhood on airfields all around the world watching his father – a pioneer of sports parachuting and European Champion – jumping out of aeroplanes. After a long battle with the English educational system which involved avoiding school whenever possible he was offered a place to...moreMore about Paul Hoffman...