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Life at the Top

(1962)
(The second book in the Joe Lampton series)
A novel by

 
 
"It deserves its success. It is very far from being a mere frivolous bestseller." - Anthony Burgess, Observer

"Alive from the first moment to the last." - Listener

"John Braine has brilliantly repeated the success of his first novel." - Arthur Calder-Marshall, Financial Times

In John Braine's remarkable first novel, Room at the Top (1957), he introduced readers to Joe Lampton, a ruthlessly ambitious young working-class man determined to reach the top at any cost. The book became a defining novel of the decade, selling over a million copies and being adapted for an Oscar-winning film.

In Life at the Top (1962), we meet Joe again ten years later, after he has gotten everything he thought he wanted: an upper-class wife, a nice house, a sports car, two children, and a job at the premier firm in town. But despite all his material possessions, Joe's life is strangely empty. His boss treats him with disrespect, his son despises him, and his wife is having an affair. Consumed with a growing anger and discontentment, Joe becomes desperate to escape the life he has created for himself. When he falls in love with the pretty Norah Hauxley, is it a chance to break free and start a new life, or will it prove to be just one more illusory promise of happiness? This edition of Braine's classic features a new introduction by Ben Clarke and a reproduction of the original jacket art.

    

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Hardback Editions

December 1962 : UK Hardback
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Title: Life at the Top
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 0-413-42770-6 / 978-0-413-42770-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd
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June 1962 : Hardback
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Title: Life at the Top
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 9997404920 / 978-9997404923
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co
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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Life at the Top (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 1-941147-53-4 / 978-1-941147-53-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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November 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life At The Top
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 0-7493-1005-7 / 978-0-7493-1005-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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May 1980 : UK Paperback

Title: Life at the Top
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 0-416-00591-8 / 978-0-416-00591-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Routledge
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August 1979 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life At The Top
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 0-417-04830-0 / 978-0-417-04830-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mandarin
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October 1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life at the Top
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 0-413-36600-6 / 978-0-413-36600-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd
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July 1973 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life at the Top
Author(s): John Braine
ISBN: 0-14-002176-0 / 978-0-14-002176-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Life at the Top (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): John Braine
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Availability: Amazon