'A brilliantly and preposterously funny book'



'A flawless comic novel . . . I loved it then, as I do now. It has always made me laugh out loud'

Helen Dunmore, The Times


Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities.

A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim can stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand.


Inspired by Amis's friend, the poet Philip Larkin, Jim Dixon is a timeless comic character, adrift in a hopelessly gauche and pretentious world, in a witty campus novel that skewers the hypocrisies and vanities of 1950s academic life.


With an introduction by David Lodge

Kingsley Amis - Lucky Jim