Near-fine first edition. Previous owner's name written inside front cover, slight bruising to bottom of spine, slight lean to book. Some light bleaching to bottom of spine where dust jacket has been torn, and a small stain to bottom of back cover. In a good unclipped dust jacket, with a large chip missing from bottom of spine some light chipping to top of spine, a small chip to bottom edge of back cover, and some light chipping to corners. Small fold to back flap. Some wear along the edges. Small square of discoloration to back cover where an old sticker was affixed, and small patch of discoloration along the bottom edge of back cover.
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.