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One of the finest essayists of all time with an essential collection of essays looking at our times.

Of all the great novelists writing today, none shows the same gift as Martin Amis for writing non-fiction – his essays, literary criticism and journalism are justly acclaimed. As Rachel Cusk wrote in the The Times, reviewing a previous collection, ‘Amis is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist, but these essays all manifest an unusual extra quality, one that is not unlike friendship. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there.’

The essays in The Rub of Time range from superb critical pieces on Amis’s heroes Nabokov, Bellow and Larkin to brilliantly funny ruminations on sport, Las Vegas, John Travolta and the pornography industry. The collection includes his essay on Princess Diana and a tribute to his great friend Christopher Hitchens, but at the centre of the book, perhaps inevitably, are essays on politics, and in particular the American election campaigns of 2012 and 2016. One of the very few consolations of Donald Trump’s rise to power is that Martin Amis is there to write about him.

Reviews

Lively, provocative, annoying and funny in pretty equal measure.

Sunday Times

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781787330146

    October 16, 2017

    Jonathan Cape

    336 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • Hardback

    9780224076111

    October 15, 2017

    Jonathan Cape

    336 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • EBook

    9781446401552

    October 5, 2017

    Vintage Digital

    336 pages

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Also by Martin Amis

The Zone of Interest
Lionel Asbo
The Pregnant Widow
The Second Plane
The Information
House of Meetings
The Moronic Inferno
Visiting Mrs Nabokov And Other Excursions
Money
Success
Dead Babies
Yellow Dog
Time's Arrow
Koba The Dread
The Rachel Papers
The War Against Cliche
Experience
Einstein's Monsters
Heavy Water And Other Stories
Other People
London Fields
Night Train

Recommendations

Australia's Second Chance
Late Essays
Red Notice
Please Explain: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Pauline Hanson
Adults In The Room
Unmaking a Murder
Autumn
Shattered
When the Facts Change
There It Is Again
If Only They Didn't Speak English
Radicals
Insane Clown President
The A to Z of Modern Manners
Home and Away
The New Yorker Book of the 60s
Bit Rot
Far and Away
Politics
Quicksand