Jake's Thing

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Random House, 2007 - College teachers - 269 pages
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Jake Richardson, an Oxford don nearing sixty with a lifetime's lechery behind him, is in pursuit of his lost libido and heads off to the consulting room of a miniature sex therapist. Not one to disobey a doctor's orders, he runs the full humiliating gamut of sex labs and trendy 'workshops', where more than souls are bared. He decks himself with cunning gadgetry, dreams up a weekly fantasy, pets diligently with his overweight wife and browses listlessly through porn magazines behind locked doors. Is sex really worth it? As liberationists abuse him, a campus hostess bores him into bed - and even his own wife starts acting oddly - Jake seriously begins to wonder.

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KINGSLEY AMIS was born in south London in 1922 and was educated at the City of London School and St John's College, Oxford. At one time he was a university lecturer, a keen reader of science fiction and a jazz enthusiast. After the publication of "Lucky Jim" in 1954, which has become a modern classic, Kingsley Amis wrote over twenty novels, including "The Alteration" (1976), winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, "The Old Devils" (1986), winner of the Booker Prize, and "The Biographer's Moustache "(1995), which was to be his last book. He published a variety of other work, including a survey of science fiction entitled "New Maps of Hell" (1960); "Rudyard Kipling and His World "(1975); "The Golden Age of Science Fiction" (1981); "Collected Poems" (1979); and his "Memoirs "(1991). He wrote ephemerally on politics, education, language, films, television, restaurants and drink. In 1995 Eric Jacobs published "Kingsley Amis," a biography of the distinguished writer, on which Amis himself collaborated. Kingsley Amis was awarded the CBE in 1981 and received a knighthood in 1990. He died in 1995.

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