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  • Published: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473524095
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

The Picturegoers

The first novel from one of Britain's best loved writers

Welcome to the Palladium, Brickley. Once the grandest music-hall south of the river, now its peeling foyer is home to stale popcorn, a depressed manager, and a cast of disparate picturegoers who touch and shape each other’s destinies.

Amongst them is Mark, the cynical intellectual who seeks sensuality and finds spirituality; Clare, his girlfriend, who loses faith and discovers passion; Father Kipling, the scandalized priest; and Harry, the sexually frustrated Teddy boy.

In his astutely observed first novel, David Lodge ushers in a congregation of characters whose hopes, confusions and foibles play out alongside the celluloid fantasies of the silver screen.

  • Pub date: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473524095
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

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 The Picturegoers

“Sharp and real”

Kingsley Amis

“Quirky and original”

Sunday Times

“The Picturegoers' appeal derives as much from the quality of the writing as for its absorption in a bygone way of life”


“An excellent first novel... He has a wonderful eye for the tawdriness of our commercial world”


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