Anthony Burgess, tax evader extraordinaire

In articles for the press…I announced my intention of leaving England for good. It was a kind of Jeffersonian declaration….the British, before the dissolution of their empire, had regarded exile as a kind of patriotism. I had gone abroad twice to serve that empire, or what was left of it, and now I proposed serving something bigger….There were other reasons for exile — my marriage to a European, my need of light, my disgust with British taxation. This last was presumed to be the one and only reason.

— from You’ve Had Your Time, Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess

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