The book is a fictional account of Jacobson's time as a university lecturer at the then Wolverhampton Polytechnic (called Wrottesely here) where he taught English for a while. I am sure that people who worked there at the time will enjoy a lot of the clearly in-jokes and trying to identify colleagues. For the rest of us it is perhaps not such a funny journey. Jacobson also has almost an obsession with the fact that he (and the main character Goldberg) are Jewish. not being Jewish myself I suppose it helps to perhaps understand more of what it means to belong to that particular group. But, Jacobson hammers home the point too often. As an insight into what it meant to be an academic, and the frustrations of not got the position one hoped for, it is interesting. As a comic novel however I don't think that it makes the grade (if you excuse the pun).