Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

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Set sometime around 1950, Lucky Jim follows the exploits of the eponymous James (Jim) Dixon, a reluctant Medieval history lecturer at an unnamed provincial English university. Having made a bad first impression in the history department, he is concerned about being fired at the end of his first year, and seeks to hold his position by maintaining good relations with his superior, the tedious Professor Welch - an often absent-minded and unbearably pompous dilettante.

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The 342nd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on The Greatest 20th Century Novels (Waterstone)
  2. - 18th on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  3. - 35th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  4. - 48th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  5. - 65th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  6. - 67th on The 100 Greatest Novels (
  7. - 82nd on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
  8. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  9. - The Best Classics (The Times)
  10. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

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