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  • Published: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099461081
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $27.99

The Alteration




A comic masterpiece by one of Britain's best-loved writers.

Of all the choristers at the Cathedral Basilica of St George, he is the angel - the one whose voice could only have been made in heaven. In every other respect Hubert is utterly ordinary: a nice, rather timid ten-year-old boy. The year is 1976, but by bold Amisian sleight-of-hand, the England of The Alteration has become a disconcerting, quasi-medieval land in the Age of Faith. And here a wickedly brilliant Swiftian satire takes shape. It's modest proposal? Well, it stands to reason that Hubert's glorious voice must be preserved at all costs. So castration is clearly the only answer...

  • Pub date: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099461081
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis has been described as 'the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century'. Born in 1922, he wrote over twenty novels, including Lucky Jim (1954), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction, The Old Devils (1986), which won the Booker Prize, and The Biographer's Moustache (1995). He also published several collections of short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Amis was awarded a CBE in 1981 and received a knighthood in 1990. He died in 1995.

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