David Lodge is best known for his novels satirizing academic life, particularly the "Campus Trilogy"—Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses, Small World: An Academic Romance, and Nice Work. Small World and Nice Work were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Another major theme in his work is Roman Catholicism, beginning from his first published novel The Picturegoers.
Lodge has also written several television screenplays and three stage plays. He has continued to publish works of literary criticism—which often draw on his own experience as a practicing novelist—and scriptwriter.