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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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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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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,.
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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.