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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446467367
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

A Man of Parts




A moving, funny and masterful novel about the life of H.G. Wells – writer, thinker, lover and man of genius.

The mind is a time machine that travels backwards in memory and forwards in prophecy, but he has done with prophecy now…’

Sequestered in his blitz-battered house on the rim of Regent’s Park, as the second war he has lived through moves into its final phase, the ailing Herbert George Wells, ‘H.G.’ to his family and friends, looks back on a life crowded with incident, books, and women. Has it been a success or a failure?Once he was the most famous writer in the world, 'the man who invented tomorrow'; now he feels like yesterday’s man, deserted or disparaged by readers, and depressed by the collapse of his utopian dreams for mankind.

He recalls his unpromising start in life, and early struggles to acquire an education and make a living; his meteoric rise to fame as a writer with a prophetic imagination and a comic common touch, which brought him into contact with most of the important literary, intellectual, and political figures of his time; his plunge into socialist politics; his belief in free love, and energetic practice of it. Arguing with himself about his conduct, he relives his relationships with two wives and many mistresses, especially the brilliant student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West, both of whom bore him children, with dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

Unfolding this astonishing life story, David Lodge achieves a riveting portrait of a man who embodied as many contradictions as he had talents: a socialist who enjoyed his affluence, a Darwinian evolutionist imbued with religious idealism, an acclaimed novelist who turned against the literary novel; a feminist womaniser, sensual yet incurably romantic, irresistible and exasperating by turns to those who knew him personally, but always vitally human.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446467367
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

About the Author

David Lodge

David Lodge (CBE)’s novels include Changing Places, Small World and Nice Work (shortlisted for the Booker) and, most recently, A Man of Parts. He has also written plays and screenplays, and several books of literary criticism. His works have been translated into more than thirty languages.

He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Birmingham, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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Praise for A Man of Parts

“extraordinarily rich [and] wide-ranging fictionalised biography”

Daily Mail


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