Winner of the Booker Prize.
Malcolm, Peter and Charlie and their Soave-sodden wives have one main ambition left in life: to drink Wales dry. But their routine is both shaken and stirred when they are joined by professional Welshman Alun Weaver (CBE) and his wife, Rhiannon.
About the Author
Kingsley Amis was born in south London in 1922 and was educated at the City of London School and St John's College, Oxford. At one time he was a university lecturer, a keen reader of science fiction and a jazz enthusiast. After the publication of Lucky Jim in 1954, which has become a modern classic, Kingsley Amis wrote over twenty novels, including THE ALTERATION (1976), winner of the John W. Camp
Booker Prize Winner 1986. Among Kingsley Amis's later novels, this alone recaptured the flair and comic invention of his earlier work, leavened with a new and mordant savagery for which the Old Devil himself became renowned. As a vision of growing old disgracefully, this biting novel is unlikely to be bettered, with three men joining their wives in a simple ambition: to drink Wales dry, while setting the world to rights. But chaos reigns when their company is joined by professional Welshman Alun Weaver (CBE) and his wife, who have decided to return to their Celtic roots. Soon, of course, the knives are out with a vengeance. The sheer energy of Amis's prose (not to mention the scalding wit) suggests anything but crabbed age, and this irresistible late salvo from a comic master is one to be savoured - whatever your age. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1