It's almost 60 years since Kingsley Amis sparked off the "campus novel" genre with Lucky Jim.
It's almost 60 years since Kingsley Amis sparked off the \"campus novel\" genre with Lucky Jim.
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Penelope Rebecca Harrington Virago, £14.99 Review by Lesley McDowell
Since then, its most famous exponents have probably been David Lodge and Malcolm Bradbury, although two years ago a study by Ann K McLennan titled How British Women Writers Transformed The Campus Novel attempted to wrestle it from the male-only grasp. It's refreshing, then, to see a young woman join the genre with her debut novel about Harvard "freshman" Penelope O'Shaunnessy.
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