David Lodge’s frank and illuminating memoir about the years where he found great success as a novelist and critic.
In 1976 Lodge was pursuing a ‘twin-track career’ as novelist and academic. As a literary critic, he made serious contributions to the subject, before carnivalizing it in his comic-satiric novel Small World. The balancing act between his two professions was increasingly difficult to maintain, and he became a full-time writer just before he published his bestselling novel Nice Work.
‘A wonderfully candid and insightful account of a writer's life: astute, unpretentious and humane.’ William Boyd
The Rummidge Chronicles
Some fellow English literature students took refuge in drink, drugs or promiscuity. My escape was the novels of David Lodge. Between 1975 and 1988 he wrote Changing Places, Small World and Nice Work,...Read more