The Man Who Wouldn’t Get Up by David Lodge

David Lodge has excelled at producing wry, literary studies of a certain social stratum of postwar Britain, most notably in the Booker Prize-shortlisted Small World (1984) and Nice Work (1988). Throughout his writing career, Lodge has consistently revealed an acute eye and ear for the telling details that distinguish his characters. So it may come as something of a surprise that Lodge, now 81, is only now publishing his first collection of eight short stories; he seems so perfectly suited to the form.

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