Bachelor with honours, University College, London. Master of Arts, University London. Doctor of Philosophy, University Birmingham, England.
Assistant Lecturer in English, University of Birmingham 1960-1962, Lecturer 1963-1971, Senior Lecturer 1971-1973, Reader 1973-1976, Professor, of Modem English Literature 1976-1987, Honorary Professor since 1987. Chairman Booker; Fellow, 1964-1965. Visiting Association Professor University of California (Berkeley) 1969.
Henfield Writing Fellow, University of East. Anglia 1977.
Fellow, University College London 1982. Yorkshire Post Fiction.
With RAC, 1955-1957. Fellow Royal Society Literature.
Married Mary Frances Jacob, 1959. 3 children.