Rob Spence

Rob Spence

Welcome to my website. As well as hosting my blog, it’s a home on the Internet for my writing, reading, and research.

I am a retired university lecturer from Manchester, and my main focus is 20th-century and contemporary literature.

My Scholarship

I am an independent researcher, formerly of Edge Hill University, where I led the PGCE English programme, before being appointed Programme Leader for English Literature, and latterly Associate Head of the Department of English and History.

I have published on Anthony Burgess, Robert Nye, Jane Rogers, Penelope Fitzgerald and George Mackay Brown. You can download and read some of my publications here.

I am developing research projects on female strength artistes in Edwardian England, and Anglophone novelists of south east Asia.


This is a selection of material published in journals, edited collections and online. There are also a couple of unpublished conference papers, and audio of an interview. The main subject is Anthony Burgess, but other topics are covered as well.


This section collects together my book reviews from various sources. The books reflect both my academic interests and my leisure reading.


I will post work-in-progress here.

My Blog

This is my general blog, which has been running for over ten years.