Devastatingly witty, offensive and wonderfully irreverent: this new selection of Kingsley Amis's brilliant journalism and assorted non-fiction reveals him at his most cantankerous and astute.
This vast and hugely entertaining collection is vintage Amis from a succession of good years. All of his best non-fiction pieces have been gathered together to reveal Kingsley Amis at his most typically robust and incisive: cutting a swathe through such subjects as writers and writing, 'Abroad', eating and drinking, music, language and education. Ridden hard and fast are such Amis hobby-horses as arts subsidies, literary prizes, and jazz; and among the writers discussed at length are Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell, Anthony Burgess and Ian Fleming, as well as Amis's beloved Philip Larkin.
In these pages we can eat out at some of Amis's favourite (and unfavourite) restaurants, we can sample the Amis hangover cure, and we can wince at the horrible truth of Sod the Public: A Consumer's Guide.
“A key figure in postwar British culture, whose importance and influence cannot be measured . . . distinctive and original”
“A genuine comic writer, probably the best after P. G. Wodehouse”
“Among the English comic masters of the twentieth century”
“A ceaselessly fresh and adorable body of work . . . exasperation made poetry”
“Kingsley Amis was a big, humane novelist, interested in all manner of people very unlike himself”