A highly entertaining novel about a successful sitcom writer's search for his lost contentment.
A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marraige, a platonic mistress and a flash car, Laurence 'Tubby' Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither physiotherapy nor aromatherapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy or acupuncture can cure his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable mid-life angst.
As Tubby's life fragments under the weight of his self-obsession, he embarks - via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Tenerife to Beverly Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950s South London boyhood - on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment.
“Energetic, comic...a highly ingenious games-board of moves and counter-moves.”
“Lodge remains one of the very best English comic novelists of the post-war era; and Therapy is good for you.”
“A real treat...a joy - a sobering joy, but a joy none the less.”
“Takes off on wings of humour and pathos which would not have disgraced Lodge's great hero Dickens... A splendid novel.”
“Full of delights... His view of our neuroses is sane, intelligent and amused.”
John Mortimer, Sunday Times