Hi, @Metaluna! Conrad, eh? That's interesting, since he was the featured author of my O-level Eng Lit course and even though the 2 works, Typhoon and Youth, didn't exactly excite me, I will never ever forget that they were there, in my desk, waiting for that one-period-per-week Lit session. I quite enjoyed Typhoon, with its nautical drama appealing - like Innes's Mary Deare - but I struggled to see the point or message of Youth.
I'll see if I can find an e-read of Lord Jim, so thanks for that nudge!
I'm not inferring this has anything to do with you, but your post made me think of this Little Britain sketch of the man insisting he's the only one in the village...
Just posting it for a good laugh on a grey day.