The Angry Young Men movement, featuring such stars as Kingsley Amis, is perfectly illustrated through the iconic figure of Joe Lampton.
The ruthlessly ambitious Joe Lampton rises swiftly from the petty bureaucracy of local government into the unfamiliar world of inherited wealth, fast cars and glamorous women.
But the price of success is high, and betrayal and tragedy strike as Joe pursues his goals.
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This tale of ambition in post-war Britain immediately established its author, who died in 1986, as an original novelist who portrayed his characters with a savagery and realism that typified the decade of the 1950s.Review:
"A harsh, accurate, powerful piece of story-telling" ( Tribune)
"Remarkable. . . Room at the Top communicates so successfully the mingled bitterness and bravery of youth" ( Sunday Times)
"He has real talent" (C.P. Snow)
"This novel is brilliant...The observation is shrewd and the emotion and the comedy are so true it hurts." ( Daily Express)
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