hold back the stars killer on the wall eleanor oliphant when i was invisible katie fforde
Search our site
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon Read the opening extract of the brand new Nicolas Obregon book before its publication on 18/09/2017

Author! Author! by David Lodge
  

Author! Author!

Literary Fiction   Historical Fiction   

RRP £8.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Bestselling author of eleven novels, mostly with an academic or satirical background, tackles something very different – the waning years of the novelist Henry James’ life as he turns to play writing in a fascinating portrait of the literary and theatrical world of late Victorian England. Chosen by many, from P J Kavanagh to Ruth Rendell, as their book of the year last Christmas, it is a very fine work indeed, moving, highly accessible and beautifully written; just great David Lodge writing.

Comparison: Colm Tóibín, and not historical, William Boyd, Jonathan Coe.
Similar this month: Iain Pears, Tash Aw.

If you like David Lodge you might also like to read books by Colm Toibin, William Boyd and Jonathan Coe.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Synopsis

Author! Author! by David Lodge

Framed by a dramatic and moving account of Henry James's last illness, Author! Author! begins in the early 1880s, describing James's friendship with the genial Punch artist, George Du Maurier, and his intimate but problematic relationship with fellow American novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson. At the end of the decade Henry, worried by the failure of his books to sell, resolves to achieve fame and fortune as a playwright while Du Maurier diversifies into writing novels. The consequences that ensue mingle comedy, irony, pathos, and suspense.

Thronged with vividly drawn characters Author! Author! presents a fascinating panorama of literary and theatrical life in late Victorian England. But at its heart is a portrait, rendered with remarkable empathy, of a writer who never achieved popular success in his lifetime or resolved his sexual identity, yet wrote some of the greatest novels about love in the English language.

Reviews

A bold new departure for Lodge... his portrait of Henry James explores an interaction of fragility and strength, delicacy and force. ( The New York Review of Books )


About the Author

David Lodge

David Lodge was born in London in 1935. He was educated at University College London, where he took his BA degree in 1955 and his MA in 1959. In between he did National Service in the British Army. He holds a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, where he taught in the English Department from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to become a full-time writer. He retains the title of Honorary Professor of Modern English Literature at Birmingham and continues to live in that city.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Photograph © Arturo Patten

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

7th July 2005

Author

David Lodge

More books by David Lodge
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback (b Format)
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780141018225

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools