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 survive a madrigal-singin weekend at Professor Welch’s, deliver a lecture on ‘Merrie England’ and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch’s awful son Bertrand.
Kingsley Amis was born in south London in 1922 and was educated at the City of London School and St. John’s College, Oxford. at one time he was a university lecturer, a keen reader of science fiction and a jazz enhusiast. After the publication of Lucky Jim in 1954 which became a modern classic, Kingsley Amis wrote over twenty novels. He wrote ephemerally on politics, education, language, films, television, restaurants and drinks.