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  • Published: 25 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141961767
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

The Amis Collection

Selected Non-fiction



A collection of witty, cantakerous essays skewering the cultural touchstones of an era, from one of the greatest writers, drinkers and critics of our time

What advice can one give a green young author? What purpose do literary prizes serve? Where on earth can a man get a decent bite to eat? This entertaining collection is vintage Kingsley Amis, revealing him at his most robust and incisive, cutting a swathe through such subjects as writers and writing, 'Abroad', eating and drinking, music, language and education. He turns a clear and critical eye on Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell, Anthony Burgess, Ian Fleming and Philip Larkin, and does not spare their potential readers in 'Sod the Public: A Consumer's Guide'. In typically razor-sharp, wicked and witty prose, Amis tackles the culture and conceits of his era.

  • Published: 25 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141961767
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

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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