by David Lodge
Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 2 May 1996
Number of pages: 336
Prizes: Winner of The Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best Book Eurasia 1996.
A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marriage, a platonic mistress and a flash car, Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither physiotherapy nor aromatherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy or acupuncture can cure his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable mid-life angst. As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment, in an ingenious, hilarious and poignant novel of neuroses.
A wry parable of mid-life crisis from the author of Nice Work and Paradise News. His main character is Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore, author of TV sitcoms, owner of a flat in London, a house in Rummidge, a first-class car and an understanding mistress. But still Tubby isn't happy. His quest for contentment leads him, via Soren Kierkegaard and the police force, to bedrooms in Tenerife and Beverly Hills. This is Lodge at his best, blending pathos and humour with skill, encouraging his readers to identify with the most disreputable behaviour. (Kirkus UK)
What the papers say:
Excellent of course.
David Lodge has written many bestselling novels, including THINKS and NICE WORK. His books have sold well over a million copies in Penguin. Formerly Professor of English at Birmingham University, he now writes full-time. He continues to live in Birmingham.
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