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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-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand.

©1953 Kingsley Amis (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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My favorite book which always makes me laugh

Kingsley Amls...at his finest. A book to read annually.

If you always laugh out loud at the same parts that does suggest the writting remains fresh and the characterisation well drawn

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A Classic.

A moldern literrary classic. Have read the book several times over the years and never fail to laugh out loud - frequently. Although written in the 1950s much of it could be relevant today. An Audible classic too with a splendid performance that perfectly captures the voices and mannerisms of Jim Dixon and the book's other characters.


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outstanding

Very funny and extremely well read. Plenty of outlandish characters and cringeworthy episodes. Not sure how much I actually sympathised with Jim...

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Enjoyable period piece - funny and biting

I’d not read Lucky Jim since the seventies. I’d remembered it as a Wodehouse-like comic romp but while it does have some excellent comic scenes it’s far more bitter than that — and enjoyably so. Anyone interested in English social history will find this glimpse of 1950s provincial academia quite fascinating. The narrator does his job well. Recommended.

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Outstanding!

I once heard Sue Townsend say this was her favourite and most influential book, the one that inspired her to write. I can see why as the development of the characters is flawless. The dialogue is refreshingly accurate.
I loved this book,.
Try it and see.

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Wonderful

Title says it all. Painfully funny and the end is well worth waiting for. X

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Easily the worst book I've ever got on Audible

the headline says it all. unengaging, not funny. the only thing I can say is I only got 2 hours in, so it could get better?

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  • 30-07-21

An excellent title, greatly produced

I love the book and return to it from time to time, rereading it completely and having great fun on each occasion. This must have been the third or fourth time I've read the book but a first in the audio format. I can only say that it has been put together splendidly and the text and narrator had me grinning and chuckling throughout. A lovely read and a lovely listen.

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  • David
  • 06-02-21

Funny it ain't

Said to be hilarious. It isn't. It's a plodder with a simple, tedious plot. Listed amongst the funniest books in the history of literature. A few wry situations is as good as it gets. Accent for protagonist is unattractive.

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  • Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin
  • 10-08-22

Extraordinary

The novel is even better than I remember from reading it once or twice about 50 years ago.
Not just comical, but surprisingly humane and delicate in places. The reader’s performance is astonishingly good, characterising the different voices to perfection, while also incorporating the stage directions that Kingsley Amis drops in after many snatches of dialogue. These awkward indications, e.g. “with a laugh”, are hard to do without overdoing them, but James Lailey gets them exactly right. Chapeau!

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  • 09-11-21

How I envy him

Any book that includes the descriptive simile "... like a left-arm bowler emerging from behind the umpire" automatically qualifies for five stars no matter the rest of the content (too many of them have gotten me out, those mutants are a curse on cricket). But the rest of the book lives hugely up to this highlight. Professor Welch anticipates every "bad boss" of modern TV series by 50 years, and Margaret the serial manipulator would have the moderns frothing at the mouth. The set pieces such as Jim's hangover scene and his drunken public lecture are quite rightly landmarks in comic literature, and how about the smoking!! Those innocent little sticks leaven and punctuate every scene from cover to cover. I would perhaps tackle more Amis after this but I just don't see how he could have topped it. James Lailey's narration is an integral part of the fun, he somehow perfectly conveys the tobacco-saturated atmosphere of the postwar common room.