Described by Adam Mars Jones as possessing a style so distinctive it became ‘the voice in a generation’s ear, charming without charm, insistently dazzling, milking the paradoxes until their teats are sore and they have no more nourishment to give.’ Martin Amis remains a titan of modern literature and one of his generation’s most experimental and influential writers.
The London Trilogy in Order
Fiction by Martin Amis
Non-Fiction by Martin Amis
Born in Oxford, Amis moved in literary circles from a young age thanks to his father, the writer Kingsley Amis. Martin Amis wrote his first novel, The Rachel Papers whilst working as an assistant with the Times Literary Supplement and the novel went on to win the Somerset Maugham Award. Amis followed this with Dead Babies and Success before publishing his masterpiece satirical take-down of Thatcherite Britain, Money.
After publishing two novels loosely termed a trilogy with Money - London Fields and The Information – Amis’s work took a stylistically innovative turn with Time's Arrow, a novel written in reverse chronology. The work was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has since been canonized as a modern classic. His later work has continued to be experimental in form and subject matter, ranging from the pastiche of American Noir Night Train to 2012’s acerbic take on Blairite Britain, Lionel Asbo, the award-winning Yellow Dog and works of non-fiction. These include his highly acclaimed volume of biography Experience which detailed his relationship with his father, the break-up of his first marriage and his discovery of his illegitimate child. In 2020 Amis announced the publication of a groundbreaking new work. Deploying his own life story in the service of his most audacious work of fiction yet, Inside Story is due for publication in September 2020.
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