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David Lodge: the ladder of opportunity

David Lodge's memoir is a sometimes-misleading story of social mobility in postwar Britain, says David Kynaston

By David Kynaston   February 2015

A Punch and Judy show in Lowestoft, 1952. © The Francis Frith collection/Superstock

A writer’s autobiography always has car-crash potential. Anthony Trollope’s, which revealed unashamedly his tradesman’s approach to his work, seriously impaired his standing for many years; John Osborne’s, in which he monstered his mother, made it hard to return to the plays; and in David Lodge’s doggedly detailed chronological account of the first half of his life, there are some almost risibly Pooteresque moments. In…

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