In May 2005 Penguin will publish 70 unique titles to celebrate the company's 70th birthday. The titles in the Pocket Penguins series are emblematic of the renowned breadth of quality of the Penguin list and will hark back to Penguin founder Allen Lane's vision of good books for all'. As novelist and academic and novelist of the academic, David Lodge has entertained and informed readers for some 40 years with his often hilarious tales of on and off curriculum shenanigans at university campuses. Penguin has published eighteen of Lodge's books in paperback since 1978 and in this volume, he has selected some of his most memorable characters and moments to illustrate the high- and often low-minded life of the academic.
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David Lodge is the author of eleven bestselling novels, a novella and numerous works of literary criticism, including Consciousness and the Novel. He also wrote two highly successful TV adaptations: his own novel Nice Work and Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit. He taught for many years at the University of Birmingham, where he is now Honorary Professor of English. A south Londoner by upbringing, he lives in Birmingham.
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