Inside Story: How to Write (Hardback)
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Inside Story: How to Write (Hardback)

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Hardback 560 Pages / Published: 24/09/2020
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Deploying his own life story in the service of his most audacious work of fiction yet, Amis reimagines his past and the events – both panoramic and intimate – that have shaped his life and work. Featuring some of the greatest literary and artistic figures of the twentieth century, from Saul Bellow to his close friend Christopher Hitchens and paramour Phoebe Phelps, Inside Story is an expansive masterwork from a storytelling maestro.

His most intimate and epic work to date, Inside Story is the unseen portrait of Martin Amis’ extraordinary life, as a man and a writer.

This novel had its birth in a death – that of the author's closest friend, Christopher Hitchens. We also encounter the vibrant characters who have helped define Martin Amis, from his father Kingsley, to his hero Saul Bellow, from Philip Larkin to Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Jane Howard, and to the person who captivated his twenties, the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps.

What begins as a thrilling tale of romantic entanglements, family and friendship, evolves into a tender, witty exploration of the hardest questions: how to live, how to grieve, and how to die?

In his search for answers, Amis surveys the great horrors of the twentieth century, and the still unfolding impact of the 9/11 attacks on the twenty-first – and what all this has taught him about how to be a writer. The result is one of Amis’ greatest achievements: a love letter to life that is at once exuberant, meditative, heartbreaking and ebullient, to be savoured and cherished for many years to come.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787332751
Number of pages: 560
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm

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