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Out of The Shelter

Out of The Shelter

The restrictions of a wartime childhood in London and subsequent post-war shortages have done little to enrich Timothy’s early youth. But everything changes when Timothy’s glamorous older sister, Kath, invites him to spend the summer at Heidelberg. Kath, who left home long ago to work for the American army, introduces her sixteen year-old brother to a lifestyle that is deliriously fast, furious and extravagant.

Dazzled by the indulgent habits of the American forces, but at the same time sensitive to the broken spirits of the German community, Timothy will find that his holiday is an unforgettable rite of passage in more ways than one.

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About the Author

David Lodge

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.    

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