James Walker, like so many British writers, sets off for the heartland of America to reinvigorate himself. Unfortunately this is still the age of McCarthyism. He also discovers that besides being the home of Benedict Arnold University – Take a BA at BA – the town of Party is famous for its annual rodeo competition. Throwing himself into the swing of things, he embarks on two affairs and an uninhibited performance that justify the sixties its nickname . . .
Stepping Westward does for the sixties what David Lodge’s Changing Places did for the seventies.
‘Highly entertaining’ Margaret Drabble, Sunday Times
‘Malcolm Bradbury is a satirist of great assurance and accomplishment’ Observer
‘A wealth of comic invention, a whole series of crazy surprises, and scene after scene that is utterly hilarious’ Listener