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A propos de l'auteur : David Lodge was born in London in 1935. He holds a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, where he taught in the English Department from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to become a full-time writer. He retains the title of Honorary Professor of Modern English Literature at Birmingham and continues to live in that city. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was awarded a CBE for services to literature and is also a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. David Lodge's novels include The Picturegoers (1960); The British Museum is Falling Down (1965); Out of the Shelter (1970); Changing Places (1975), for which he was awarded both the Hawthornden Prize and the Yorkshire Post Fiction Prize; How Far Can You Go?, which was Whitbread Book of the Year in 1980; Small World, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984; Nice Work, which won the 1988 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Paradise News (1991); Therapy, regional winner and finalist for the 1996 Commonwealth Writers' Prize; Home Truths (1999); and Thinks... (2001). He has also written several books of literary criticism. Small World was adapted as a television serial in 1988 and David Lodge wrote his own adaptation of Nice Work, which won the Royal Television Society's Award for the best drama serial of 1989.