A memoir from one of Britain's finest novelists and critics.
David Lodge (CBE)'s novels include Changing Places, Small
World and Nice Work (shortlisted for the Booker) and,
most recently, A Man of Parts. He has also written plays and
screenplays, and several books of literary criticism. His works
have been translated into more than thirty languages.
He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Birmingham, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
What one takes away from this half-memoir is the self-portrait of
an extraordinarily good, wrongly modest man; a distinguished
scholar, and one of the finest of current novelists -- John
Sutherland * Spectator *
As a piece of reportage from the third quarter of the English 20th century this is a sociologist's paradise * Guardian *
An outstanding memoir... Lucid and witty * Irish Times *
A fascinating and moving read * Financial Times *
Quite a Good Time to be Born is a record of success, free of boasting or malice. Anyone with some knowledge of academia or the literary world will find it full of interest -- Allan Massie * Scotsman *