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Writer's Luck

A Memoir: 1976-1991
A non fiction book by

David Lodge's frank and illuminating memoir about the years where he found great success as a novelist and critic.

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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January 2018 : Hardback

Title: Writer's Luck
Author(s): David Lodge
ISBN: 1-78730-040-4 / 978-1-78730-040-8
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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January 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: Writer's Luck: A Memoir: 1976-1991
Author(s): David Lodge
ISBN: 1-78470-807-0 / 978-1-78470-807-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Title: Writer's Luck: A Memoir: 1976-1991
Author(s): David Lodge
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