'Endlessly entertaining-Good, rollicking stuff, and a delight to read-Sir Kingsley Amis is surely one of the funniest men alive' Auberon Waugh, Sunday Telegraph
Elegant, provocative and hugely entertaining, Kingsley Amis's Memoirs are filled with anecdotes, experiences and portraits of famous friends, family, acquaintances (and a few eminent foes). From his childhood days to Oxford and army life, his travels abroad and his years as a successful novelist, Memoirs offers extraordinary insights into a unique literary life.
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. Campbell Memorial Award, The Old Devils (1986), winner of the Booker Prize, and The Biographer's Moustache (1995), which was to be his last book. He published a variety of other work, including a survey of science fiction entitled New Maps of Hell (1960); Rudyard Kipling and His World (1975); The Golden Age of Science Fiction (1981); Collected Poems (1979); and his Memoirs (1991). He wrote ephemerally on politics, education, language, films, television, restaurants and drink. Kingsley Amis was awarded the CBE in 1981 and received a knighthood in 1990. He died in 1995.
"Endlessly entertaining... Good, rollicking stuff, and a delight to read... Sir Kingsley Amis is surely one of the funniest men alive" * Sunday Telegraph *
"Horribly enjoyable... The chief feeling is shame at laughing quite so much" * Independent on Sunday *
"Kingsley Amis's funniest book since Lucky Jim. It's humour is heart-warmingly malicious" * Sunday Times *
"He is nasty about people that have amply deserved it one way or the other; he deflates pretension; he exposes doublethink...he also excels in hailing poets and truepennies" * Guardian *
"Amis can be sharp and even brutal as well as funny and indiscreet...he has evidently written Memoirs with relish" * Sunday Telegraph *