University Novels (GB)

Updated: July 8, 2016

Francis Coventry – The History of Pompey the Little (1751)

John Gibson Lockhart – Reginald Dalton: A Story of English University Life (1823)

Thomas Little – Confessions of an Oxonian (1826)

Samuel Beazley – The Oxonians: A Glance at Society (1830)

Richard Walker – Oxford in 1888: A Fragmentary Dream by a Sub-Utopian (1838)

Joseph Hewlett – Peter Priggins, the College Scout (1841), College Life: or, The Proctor’s Notebook (1843), Great Tom of Oxford (1846)

Charles Lister – The College Chums (1845)

William Makepeace Thackeray – The Book of Snobs (1848), The History of Pendennis (1849-1850)

William Edward Heygate – Godfrey Davenant at College (1849)

George Griffith – The Life and Adventures of George Wilson, a Foundation Scholar (1854)

Frederick William Farrar – Julian Home: A Tale of College Life (1859)

William Winwood Reade – Liberty Hall (1860)

Thomas Hughes – Tom Brown at Oxford (1861)

Vaughan Morgan (Herbert Vaughan) – The Cambridge Grisette (1862)

Harry John Wilmot Buxton – The Mysteries of Isis: or, The College Life of Paul Romain (1866)

Frederick Arnold – Christ Church Days: An Oxford Story (1867)

James Rice (Martin Legrand) – The Cambridge Freshman: or, Memoirs of Mr. Golightly (1871)

Frank Usher – The Three Oxonians (1873)

Henry Cadwallader Adams – Wilton of Cuthbert’s: A Tale of Undergraduate Life Thirty Years Ago (1878 -publ. in 1880 as College Days of Oxford), Charlie Lucken at School and College (1886), School and University: Or, Dolph Woolward (1896)

Frederick Edward Weatherly – Oxford Days: or, How Ross Got His Degree (1879)

Charles Turley – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate (1880)

St. John Tyrwhitt – Hugh Heron, Ch. Ch. (1880)

Herman Merivale – Faucit of Balliol (1882)

William Frederick Traill – Tales of Modern Oxford (1882)

Charles Henry Cook (John Bickerdyke) – With the Best Intentions: A Tale of Undergraduate Life at Cambridge (Undergraduate Frolic) (1884)

Annie Edwards – A Girton Girl (1885)

Beatrice Braithwaite-Batty (Bee Dee) – Passages in the Life of an Undergraduate (1887)

Frances Marshall (Alan St. Aubyn) – A Fellow of Trinity (1890), The Junior Dean (1891), The Master of St. Benedict’s (1893), The Proctor’s Wooing (1897), The Senior Tutor (1904)

Frederich Henry Balfour (George Ross Dering) – The Undergraduate (1891)

Suzannah Venn – Some Married Fellows (1893)

Horace William Bleakley (Tivoli) – Une Culotte, or, A New Woman: An Impossible Story of Modern Oxford (1894)

Edward F. Benson – The Babe, B.A.: Being the Uneventful History of a Young Gentleman at Cambridge University (1896), David of Kings (David Blaize of Kings) (1924)

Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull – The Hypocrite (1898), His Grace’s Grace (1903)

William Edward Wood Collins – The Don and the Undergraduate: A Tale of St. Hilary’s College (1899), A Scholar of His College (1900)

Archibald Marshall – Peter Binney, Undergraduate (1899)

Hilaire Belloc – Lambkin’s Remains (1900)

Inglis Allen – A Varsity Man: Passages in the Career of an Impressionable Undergraduate (1901)

George Leslie Calderon – The Adventures of Downy V. Green, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford (1902)

Desmond F.T. Coke (Belinda Blinders) – Sandford of Merton: A Story of Oxford Life (1903), The Comedy of Age (1906)

James Baker – The Inseparables: An Oxford Novel of Today (1905)

E. Forster – The Longest Journey (1907)

Margaret Woods – The Invader (1907)

Lionel Portman – The Progress of Hugh Rendal (1907)

Humhrey Neville Dickenson – Keddy: A Story of Oxford (1907)

Oona Ball (Barbara Burke) – Barbara Goes to Oxford (1907), Their Oxford Year (1909)

Frederick M. Cornford – Microcosmographia Academica (1908)

Sir Max Beerbohm – The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson or, An Oxford Love Story (1911)

Compton Mackenzie – Sinister Street (1914)

Ivor Brown – Years of Plenty (1915)

Michael Sadleir (M.T.H. Sadler) – Hyssop (1915)

David Ritchie – The New Warden (1918)

Virginia Woolf – Night and Day (1919)

Gerard Walter Sturgis Hopkins – A City in the Foreground (1921)

Beverly Nichols – Patchwork (1921)

Hamish Miles and Raymond Mortimer – The Oxford Circus. A Novel of Oxford and Youth (1922)

Louis Golding – Seacost of Bohemia (1924)

Shane Leslie – The Cantab (1926)

Rosamond Lehmann – Dusty Answer (1927)

James Saxon Childers – Laurel and Straw (1927), God Save the Duke (1933)

Philip Gibbs – The Age of Reason (1928)

James G. Warden (Adam Broome) – The Oxford Murders (1929), The Cambridge Murders (1936)

Joanna Cannan – High Table (1931)

Dermot M. Morrah – The Mummy Case Mystery (1933)

John Cecil Masterman – The Oxford Tragedy (1933), To Teach the Senators Wisdom or An Oxford Guide-Book (1952), The Case of the Four Friends (1956)

Charles Percy Snow –  The Search (1934), The Light and the Dark (1947), Masters (1951), The Affair (1960), The Sleep of Reason (1968)

Dorothy L. Sayers – Gaudy Night (1935)

John Innes Mackintosh Stewart – Death at the President’s Lodging (Seven Suspects) (1936), Operation Pax (The Paper Thunderbolt) (1951), The Guardians (1955), Old Hall, New Hall (1956), Hare Sitting Up (1959), The Last Tresillians (1963), A Staircase in Surrey (1974-1978), The Gaudy (1974), Young Pattullo (1975), A Memorial Service (1976), The “Madonna of the Astrolabe” (1977), Full Term (1978)

Elizabeth Goudge – Towers in the Mist (1938)

George D.H. Cole and M.J. – Off With Her Head (1939)

Robert Bruce Montgomery (Edmund Crispin) – The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944), The Moving Toyshop (1946), Dead and Dumb (1947)

Evelyn Waugh – Brideshead Revisited (1945)

C.S. Lewis – That Hideous Strength (1945)

Paul Harrison – Oxford Marmalade (1946)

Philip Larkin – Jill (1946)

Emily Francis Adeline Sergeant – Blake of Oriel (1947)

Glyn E. Daniel (Dilwyn Rees) – The Cambridge Murders (1948)

Katherine Farrer – The Missing Link (1952), Gownsman’s Gallows (1957), At Odds With Morning (1960)

Dacre Balsdon – Freshman’s Folly: An Oxford Comedy (1952)

Colwyn Edward Vulliamy – Don Among the Dead Men: A Satirical Thriller (1952)

William Cooper – The Struggles of Albert Woods (1953)

Raymond Postgate – The Ledger is Kept (1953)

Kingsley Amis – Lucky Jim (1954), Jake’s Thing (1978)

Angus Wilson – Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956)

Louis McIntosh – Oxford Folly (1956)

Robert Robinson – Landscape with Dead Dons (1956)

Storm Jameson – A Cup of Tea for Mister Thorgill (1957)

Brian Cooper – A Path to the Bridge (1959)

Malcolm Bradbury – Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), The History Man (1975), Rates of Exchange (1983), Doctor Criminale (1993)

Gwendoline W. Butler – Death Lives Next Door (Dine and Be Dead) (1960), Coffin in Oxford (1961), A Coffin for Pandora (1973)

Julian M. Ross – Until the Day She Dies (1960)

Wilfrid Sheed – A Middle Class Education (1961)

Muriel Spark -The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)

Pamela Hansford Johnsons – Night and Silence: Who is Here? – An American Comedy (1963)

Margaret Drabble – The Millstone (1965)

David Lodge – The British Museum is Falling Down (1965), Changing Places (1975), Small World (1984), Nice Work (1989), Thinks… (2001),  Deaf Sentence (2008)

Simon Raven – Doctors Wear Scarlet (1966), Places Where They Sing (1970)

Victor V. Clinton-Baddeley – Death’s Bright Dart (1967)

Robert Lait – Switched Out (1970)

David Caute – The Occupation (1971), The Women’s Hour (1991)

P.D. James – An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972)

Martin Amis – The Rachel Papers (1973)

Tom Sharpe – Porterhouse Blue (1974), Wilt (1976), Wilt Alternative (1979), Wilt on High (1984), Grantchester Grind (1995)

Colin Dexter – Last Bus to Woodstock (1975)

Frederic Raphael – The Glittering Prizes (1976)

Jeffrey Archer – Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976)

Margaret Yorke – Cast for Death (1976), Grave Matters (1976)

Anita Brookner – A Start in Life (1981, US title The Debut)

Howard Jacobson – Coming from Behind (1983)

Frank Parkin – Krippendorf’s Tribe (1985), The Mind and Body Shop (1987)

Antonia Fraser – Oxford Blood (1985)

Barbara Pym – Crampton Hodnet (1985), An Academic Question (1986)

Andrew Davies – A Very Particular Practice (1986), The New Frontier (1988)

Coral Lansbury – Felicity (1987)

Stanley Middleton – After a Fashion (1987)

Joan Smith Loreatta Lawson – A Masculine Ending (1987)

Jennifer Dawson – Judasland (1989)

Carol Shields – Swann (1987), Unless (2001)

John Wain – Where the Rivers Meet (1988)

A.S. Byatt – Possession (1990)

Penelope Fitzgerald – The Gate of Angels (1990)

David Dabydeen – The Intended (1991)

Philippa Gregory – Perfectly Correct (1992)

Amit Chaudhuri – Afternoon Raag (1993)

Tibor Fischer – The Thought Gang (1994)

Hanif Kureishi – The Black Album (1995)

Ruth Dudley Edwards – Matricide at Saint Martha’s (1995)

Diran Adebayo – Some Kind of Black (1996)

Andrea Levy – Never Far From Nowhere (1996)

Jeanette Winterson – Gut Symmetries (1997)

Tim Parks – Europa (1997)

Stephen Fry – Making History (1997)

Patricia Cumper – One Bright Child (1998)

J.M. Coetzee – Disgrace (1999) ( Postcolonial)

Kate Atkinson – Emotionally Weird (2000)

Terence Blacker – Kill Your Darlings (2000)

Andrew Crumey – Mr Mee (2000)

Julian Gough – Juno & Juliet (2001)

Stephanie Merritt – Gaveston (2002)

James Lasdun – The Horned Man (2002)

John Banville – Shroud (2002)

Alexander McCall Smith – The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom also known as Professor Dr Von Igelfeld Entertainment Novels:

  •  Portuguese Irregular Verbs (2003)
  • The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs (2003)
  • At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (2003)
  • Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (2011)

David Nicholls – A Question of Attraction (2004)

Zadie Smith – On Beauty (2005) (Postcolonial)

Ali Smith – The Accidental (2005)

Ruth Dudley Edwards (Irish) – Murdering Americans (2007)

A.C. Roberts – While Herding Cats (2010)

P.J. Vanston – Crump (2010)

Hazel Qurashi – Academic Passions (2011)

Linda Grant – We Had It So Good (2011), Upstairs at the Party (2014)

Ben Masters – Noughties (2012)

Nicholas Royle – First Novel (2013)

Ian Flitcroft (Irish) – The Reluctant Cannibals (2013)

Stephen Grant – A Moment More Sublime (2014)

John Van der Kiste – Always There (2015)

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