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  • Ending Upby Kingsley Amis; Craig Brown

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 14.00

    Ending Up is a grimly hilarious dance of death, full of bickering, bitching, backstabbing, drinking (of course), and idiocy of all sorts. It is a book about dying people and about a dying England, clinging to its memories of greatness as it succumbs to terminal decay.  Everyone wants a comfortable place to die, and Kingsley Amis?s characters have... more...

  • Take a Girl Like Youby Kingsley Amis; Christian Lorentzen

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 15.95

    Take a Girl Like You may well be Kingsley Amis?s most ambitious reckoning with the serious subject at the heart of his work: the sheer squalor?emotional, material, sexual, you name it?of modern life. It also introduces one of the rare unqualified good guys in Amis?s rogue-ridden world: Jenny Bunn, a girl from the (English) north country come south... more...

  • Lucky Jimby Kingsley Amis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 14.38

    Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim... more...

  • One Fat Englishmanby Kingsley Amis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    Brimming with gluttony, booze and lust, Roger Micheldene is loose in America. Supposedly visiting Budweiser University to make deals for his publishing firm in England, Roger instead sets out to offend all he meets and to seduce every woman he encounters. But his American hosts seem made of sterner stuff. Who will be Roger's undoing? Irving Macher,... more...

  • The King's Englishby Kingsley Amis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    The King's English is Kingsley Amis's authoritative and witty guide to the use and abuse of the English language. A scourge of illiteracy and a thorn in the side of pretension, Amis provides indispensable advice about the linguistic blunders and barbarities that lie in wait for us, from danglers, four-letter words to jargon and even Welsh rarebit.... more...

  • Ending Upby Kingsley Amis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    At Tuppenny-hapenny Cottage in the English countryside, five elderly people live together in rancorous disharmony. Adela Bastable bosses the house, as her brother Bernard passes his days thinking up malicious schemes against the baby-talking Marigold and secret drinker Shorty, while kindly George lies bedridden upstairs. The mismatched quintet keep... more...

  • Dear Illusionby Kingsley Amis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 4.80

    'I suppose it was conceited of me. But it was fun. And I felt like getting a bit of my own back on some of the people who'd conned and flattered me into wasting all those years.' In this wry, piercing short story from one of the greatest of all British postwar writers, an ageing poet considers the value of his art - and of the critics who've... more...

  • Girl, 20by Kingsley Amis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    Douglas Yandell, a young-ish music critic, is enlisted by Kitty Vandervane to keep an eye on her roving husband - the eminent conductor and would-be radical Sir Roy - as he embarks on yet another affair. Roy, meanwhile, wants Douglas as an alibi for his growing involvement with Sylvia, an unsuitably young woman who loves nothing more than to shock... more...

  • You Can't Do Bothby Kingsley Amis

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.98

    Robin Davies knows how to look after number one. Raised in a bland suburb of South London in the 1930s, Robin longs for the freedom to do what he wants. When he escapes to study in Oxford, he meets Nancy Bennett, a young woman even less worldly than himself. As Robin stumbles through his rites of passage to adulthood, involving rebellion, self-discovery,... more...

  • I Want It Nowby Kingsley Amis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.38

    The quickest way to get rich is to marry someone rich, but how do you do this if you aren't yet rich? TV chat-show host Ronnie Appleyard is preoccupied with this question as he pursues wealthy heiress Simona Quick over two continents in the company of braying aristocrats, Greek shipping magnates, American dandies and the dreaded mother-in-law to be.... more...