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Ritchie, Paul

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1923-1996) Australian painter, author and playwright whose Confessions of a People Lover (1967) depicts a grey, urban, Dystopian UK where the old ("longlivers") are eliminated by the state at age 70 and the young are corrupt, cultureless vandals. The book is narrated by a surviving 80-year-old longliver in an enriched, clotted, free-associational style, and is devoid of sf instruments or speculations; it can be read as an allegory of the post-World War Two UK. [JC]

Paul Ritchie

born Sydney, New South Wales: 14 August 1923

died London: 23 July 1996

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