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Changing Places by David Lodge (1975)

First published in 1975, this comic 'Tale of Two Campuses' tells the story of two academics on a six-month cultural exchange, swapping homes and lives. Philip Swallow, a British amateur academic, and Morris Zapp, an American top-ranking professor don't appear to have much in common at first but soon adapt to their new environments. It does not take long before both sundrenched Euphoric State university and rain-kissed university of Rummidge are a hotbed of intrigue, lawlessness and broken vows...

The British Museum is Falling Down by David Lodge (1965)

This novel is a brilliant comic satire of academia, religion and human entanglements. First published in 1965, it tells the story of hapless, scooter-riding young research student Adam Appleby, who is trying to write his thesis but is constantly distracted – not least by the fact that, as Catholics in the 1960s, he and his wife must rely on 'Vatican roulette' to avoid a fourth child.

 

 

     

Quite a Good Time to Be Born: A Memoir 1935-1975 by David Lodge (2015)

This memoir offers fascinating insight into his life. The only child in a lower-middle-class London family, Lodge inherited his artistic genes from his musician father and his Catholic faith from his Irish-Belgian mother. Four years old when World War II began, David grew to maturity through decades of great social and cultural change – giving him plenty to write about.

Candid, witty and insightful, Quite a Good Time to be Born illuminates a period of transition in British society, and charts the evolution of a writer whose works have become classics in his own lifetime.

Writer's Luck: A Memoir 1976-1991 by David Lodge (2018)

Luck, good or bad, plays an important part in a writer’s career. In 1976, Lodge was pursuing a twin-track career as novelist and academic but the balancing act was increasingly difficult, and he became a full-time writer just before he published his bestselling novel Nice Work.

Readers of Lodge’s novels will be fascinated by the insights this book gives – not only into his professional career but also more personal experience, such as his growing scepticism of his Catholic religion and the challenges of parenting. Anyone who is interested in learning about the creative process and about the life of a writer will find Writer’s Luck a candid and entertaining guide.

A Man of Parts by David Lodge (2011)

Published in 2011, this novel follows the life of one of the most famous British twentieth-century writers. Sequestered in his blitz-battered Regent’s Park house in 1944, the ailing Herbert George Wells, 'H.G.' to his family and friends, looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and women. Charting his unpromising start as a draper’s assistant and his rapid rise to fame as a writer with a prophetic imagination, his immersion in socialist politics and his belief in and practice of free love, A Man of Parts is an astonishing novel of passion, ambition and controversy.

     

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