A comic masterpiece by one of Britain's best-loved writers.
Of all the choristers at the Cathedral Basilica of St George, he is the angel -- the one whose voice could only have been made in heaven. In every other respect Hubert is utterly ordinary: a nice, rather timid ten-year-old boy. The year is 1976, but by bold Amisian sleight-of-hand, the England of The Alteration has become a disconcerting, quasi-medieval land in the Age of Faith. And here a wickedly brilliant Swiftian satire takes shape. It's modest proposal? Well, it stands to reason that Hubert's glorious voice must be preserved at all costs. So castration is clearly the only answer.
"Kingsley Amis's coruscating tour de force..." * The Economist *
"Certain of his place up alongside P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Powell among the English comic masters of the twentieth century." * Guardian *
"The disorientating world of The Alteration is the same but different, familiar yet strange" -- Laura Keynes * Tablet *