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Ralph Messenger is a man who knows what he wants and generally gets it. Approaching his fiftieth birthday, he has good reason to feel pleased with himself. As Director of the prestigious Holt Belling Centre for Cognitive Science at the University of Gloucester he is much in demand as a pundit on developments in artificial intelligence and the study of human consciousness - 'the last frontier of scientific enquiry'. He enjoys an affluent life style subsidised by the wealth of his American wife, Carrie. Known to colleagues on the conference circuit as a womaniser and to Private Eye as a 'Media Dong', he has reached a tacit understanding with Carrie to refrain from philandering in his own back yard.This resolution is already weakening when he meets and is attracted to Helen Reed, a distinguished novelist still grieving for the sudden death of her husband more than a year ago, who has rented out her London house and taken up a post as writer-in residence at Gloucester University, partly to try and get over her bereavement.Fascinated and challenged by a personality and a world-view radically at odds with her own, Helen is aroused by Ralph's bold advances, but resists on moral principle. The stand-off between them is shattered by a series of events and discoveries that dramatically confirm the truth of Ralph's dictum, 'We can never know for certain what another person is thinking.'

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David Lodge

David Lodge est issu d'une famille catholique modeste, d'une mère secrétaire et d'un père professeur de danse.
Bien que très jeune durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il fut particulièrement marqué par ses conséquences lors d'un voyage à Heidelberg en 1951, afin de voir sa tante qui travaillait au quartier général de l'armée américaine, en constatant les différences entre l'Angleterre en reconstruction et l'Allemagne en plein essor économique.
Il a fait ses études à Londres puis à Birmingham où il a ensuite enseigné la littérature anglaise jusqu'en 1987 avant de se consacrer à l'écriture.
Plusieurs de ses romans dépeignent avec humour les milieux universitaires et littéraires. La société de l'Angleterre contemporaine en général, se trouve sous la critique de sa plume.