he cared passionately about fiction, about the novel itself, about the idea that each of us should try to elevate the form and say something in it.
'The question really is,' asks Professor Treece, 'are universities the best places for geniuses to prosper? I'm not sure they are . . . they overreach themselves, or they write one of those satirical novels about university life that people keep writing. I hope no one's writing one of those about us, is he?'