Professor David Lodge CBE was born in South London in January 1935.
He is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London, and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full-time.
His books include Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses (1975), awarded both the Hawthornden Prize and the Yorkshire Post Fiction Prize; How Far Can You Go? (1980), winner of Whitbread Book of the Year in 1980; Small World: An Academic Romance (1984), shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Nice Work (1988), shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the 1988 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award; Paradise News (1991); and Therapy (1995), regional winner and finalist for the 1996 Commonwealth Writers Prize. He has also written numerous books of literary criticism, including The Language of Fiction (1966) and After Bakhtin: Essays on Fiction and Criticism (1990).
Lodge is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 1998 he was awarded the CBE for his services to literature.