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Ginger, You're Barmy
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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099554134
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99
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Ginger, You're Barmy


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A funny, shocking novel about the trials and traumas of British post-war National Service

When it isn't prison, it's hell.

Or at least that's the heartfelt belief of conscripts Jonathan Browne and Mike 'Ginger' Brady. For this is the British Army in the days of National Service, a grimy deposit of post-war gloom. An endless round of kit layout, square-bashing, shepherd's pie 'made with real shepherds' and drills are relieved only by the occasional lecture on firearms or V.D. The reckless, impulsive Mike and the more pragmatic Jonathan adopt radically different attitudes to survive this two-year confiscation of their freedom, with dramatic consequences

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099554134
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

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 Ginger, You're Barmy

“Has the ring of complete authenticity...the mingling of horror and farce are all brilliantly evoked”

A.N. Wilson, Spectator

“Engaging slapstick...the Woody Allen of contemporary English fiction”

Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph

“The novel is stuffed with a dawning sense of class hatred, a sudden awareness that 'an archaic world of privilege' exists even in the bright new dawn of Robbins-principle meritocracy”

Guardian

“Lodge's vignettes of army life are spiced with a wit that is both droll and mordant, and his characters are deftly rendered...Lodge's novel is a moving glimpse of a world on the cusp of a change: Janus-faced, profound above all in its uncertainties.”

Lettie Ransley, Observer

“Vivid, funny, and with a compassion made all the more moving by the harshness of its military setting”

Daily Telegraph


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