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Writer's Luck: A Memoir 1976-1991

book | Non-Fiction | Jan 2018

Luck plays an important part in the careers of writers. In this book David Lodge explores how his work was inspired and affected by unpredictable events in his life.

In 1976 Lodge was pursuing a ‘twin-track career’ as novelist and academic. As a literary critic, he made serious contributions to the subject, before carnivalising it in his comic-satiric novel Small World. The balancing act between his two professions was increasingly difficult to maintain, and he became a full-time writer just before he published his bestselling novel Nice Work. Both books were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in which he was later involved as Chairman of the judges.

Readers of Lodge’s novels will be fascinated by the insights this book gives – not only into his professional career but also more personal experience. The main focus, however, is on writing as a vocation. Anyone who is interested in learning about the creative process, about the dual nature of the novel as both work of art and commodity, will find Writer’s Luck a candid and entertaining guide.

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French
World
Editions Payot & Rivages
Italian
World
Bompiani
Japanese
World
Hakusui Sha
Romanian
World
Editura Polirom
Reviews

"A wonderfully candid and insightful account of a
writer's life: astute, unpretentious and humane."

William Boyd

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