novelist, born in London and educated at Lancing and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He spent some years in South Africa (1951–61) and his first two novels, Riotous Assembly (1971) and Indecent Exposure (1973), are political satires set in that country. On his return to England he taught for a decade in Cambridge, and Porterhouse Blue (1974) is a farcical campus novel set in a fictitious college. Other works, all in a vein of fierce and sometimes grotesque satiric comedy, include Blott on the Landscape (1975); Ancestral Vices (1980); Vintage Stuff (1982); and The Midden (1996). Wilt in Nowhere (2004) is among a series of humorous novels, featuring liberal arts teacher Henry Wilt, which began with Wilt (1976).