Lucky Jim

1954, second impression, published the same month as the first.


Kingsley Amis


Victor Gollancz, London, 1954
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Printing Details

First edition, second impression Hardback, bound in green cloth with gilt titling to spine. 19 × 12.5cm, 256pp.

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 stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, 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. Inspired by Amis's friend, the poet Philip Larkin, Jim Dixon is a timeless comic character, adrift in a hopelessly gauche and pretentious world, in a witty campus novel that skewers the hypocrisies and vanities of 1950s academic life.


Fair condition, a good reading copy. There is a slight lean to the spine and the book lacks the ffep. The page edges and prelims are foxed but the main body of text is in good readable condition.



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