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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : GIRL, 20.

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.
Crown 8vo (21cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge orange-pink; very good in the Bill Botten dust-jacket — price-clipped, just slightly sunned, but with only a hint of wear.

£50

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AMIS, Kingsley (Sir Kingsley William), 1922-1995 : THE RIVERSIDE VILLAS MURDER.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original green boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge pale green; a very good copy in a very lightly used and just faintly sunned dust-jacket.

£25

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