Lucky Jim is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1954 by Victor Gollancz. It was Amis’ first novel and won the 1955 Somerset Maugham Award for fiction. The novel follows the exploits of the eponymous James (Jim) Dixon, a reluctant lecturer at an unnamed provincial English university. The novel is a satire on collegiate life & the perfect example of early English comedy.
Based on a carton of Lucky Strike cigarettes, the front cover & spine foreshadow one of Jim's many vices, along with his inability to keep himself from acting out of his own wants tot the neglect of others.
The back cover is based off of a vintage yearbook, included with the signature of Lucky Jim himself, and the haphazard doodles of a man who continuously ends up on top, despite the consequences of his own actions.