Ralph Messenger is approaching 50 and feeling rather pleased with himself. As director of Cognitive Science at the University of Gloucester, he is in demand on the study of human consciousness. Despite his implicit agreement with his wife not to stray, he is tempted by novelist Helen Read. His outlook on life and bold advances seem to fascinate her. She resists until a series of events that radically confirm the truth of Ralph's dictum, "We can never know for certain what another person is thinking..."
Celebrated British novelist David Lodge is a two-time finalist for the Booker Prize and winner of the Whitbread Award. Deaf Sentence finds linguistics professor Desmond Bates forced into an early retirement by hearing loss. While at a noisy party, Bates politely says yes to a question he can’t quite hear. Soon, he learns he’s agreed to supervise a dangerously sexy undergrad on her suicide note research.
Sequestered in his blitz-battered house, the ailing H.G. Wells looks back on a life crowded with incident, books and women. Has it been a success or a failure? Arguing with himself about his conduct, he relives his relationships with two wives and many mistresses, especially the brilliant student Amber Reeves and the gifted writer Rebecca West, both of whom bore him children, with dramatic and long-lasting consequences.
In a rickety, converted 17th-century farmhouse in Dorset, England, a group of authors teaches a creative writing seminar. One of them - a brash American novelist - finds he's got more to learn about writing and romance than he ever dreamed possible. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring Ian Abercrombie as Jeremy Dean, Michael Brandon as Leo Rapkin, Christine Estabrook as Maude Locket, Jeremy Geidt as Henry Locket, David Hunt as Simon St. Clair, and Melanie van Betten as Penny Seawell.
"A slight but enjoyable play"
In David Lodge's last novel, Thinks..., the novelist Henry James was invisibly present in quotation and allusion. In Author, Author he is centre stage, sometimes literally. The story begins in December 1915, with the dying author surrounded by his relatives and servants, most of whom have private anxieties of their own, then loops back to the 1880s, to chart the course of Henry's 'middle years', focusing particularly on his friendship with the genial Punch artist and illustrator, George Du Maurier.
"A slow read/listen"
Besinnungslose Texte zum Fest. Was Sie schon immer zum Thema Weihnachten hören wollten, aber nicht zu hören bekamen - hier kommt es, das ultimative Hörbuch zum Fest: Bissig, urkomisch und garantiert nicht mehr feierlich! Mit Texten von Kingsley Amis, David Lodge, Dan Kavanagh und David Sedaris.
Er ist ein Meister des Wortes - als Übersetzer, Autor und Rezitator. Auf diesem Hörbuch präsentiert Harry Rowohlt so außergewöhnliche wie einprägsame Texte voll komischer Szenen und hintergründiger Wortspiele. Ein besonderer Leckerbissen ist "Hundstage" von David Sedaris, kongenial nachgedichtet von Harry Rowohlt und in seiner unnachahmlichen Art zweisprachig vorgetragen.
In this memoir of his life, David Lodge looks back over his childhood and youth, including his undergraduate years at University College London. After National Service and two years’ postgraduate research, married at last and soon a father, he struggles to make a start as both novelist and academic. Candid, witty and insightful, Quite a Good Time to Be Born gives a fascinating picture of the evolution of a writer who has become a classic in his own lifetime.
Desmond a des problèmes d'ouïe. Et d'ennui. Professeur de linguistique fraîchement retraité, il consacre son ordinaire à la lecture du "Guardian", aux activités culturo-mondaines de son épouse, dont la boutique de décoration est devenue la coqueluche de la ville, et à son père de plus en plus isolé là-bas dans son petit pavillon londonien.