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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : I WANT IT NOW.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1968). First edition. Amis takes precise aim at the idle and very rich, with some body-blows too at the new breed of television personalities – “What I like most about him, however, is his ability to pick off a character with a single sentence rather like a sniper wiping out an enemy with a single bullet” (Michael Billington in the Birmingham Daily Post, 14th December 1968).
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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : GIRL, 20.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1971). We know from the opening section, “Imperialist Racist Fascist”, that champagne socialists might be in for a skewering. Amis in fine satiric form — the tale of Sir Roy Vandervane, eminent conductor with a taste for ever younger women, and his wife Kitty, with “all her command of oral italics, ditto inverted commas, black-letter and illuminated capitals”. Amis captures all the modish fashions of the day — attitudes, pronunciations and prejudices (including his own), as well as clothes, furnishings, music, etc., with merciless accuracy.
AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1973). First edition. How Mr Hakim died – Amis in sparkling form with a book both a coming-of-age novel and a genuine murder mystery.
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