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"Remarkable." -- Laurence Coupe Times Higher Education "A scrupulous and candid writer" Guardian "His memoir is dazzling, provocative and mordant" -- Arthur Smith The Week "Funny, sad, moving and absolutely riveting" Daily Telegraph "On virtually every page there is a phrase that is blissfully funny and ingenious...never less than compelling" Mail on Sunday

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Martin Amis is the author of twelve previous novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories and six collections of non-fiction, most recently The Second Plane. He lives in New York.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random; First Thus edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099285827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099285823
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,847,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this memoir shortly after rereading Christopher Hitchens' "Hitch-22". The difference between the way in which an essayist and a novelist write a memoir is striking, and neither style can be said to be superior to the other. Having only read one of Amis' novels previous to this I was unsure what to expect and my knowledge of his father and the literary scene in the UK is minimal. However despite these potential shortcomings it was a terrific read. Amis' lets the reader deep inside his grief over losing his cousin to a serial-killer and his father to old age without becoming weepy or needlessly sentimental. He explores his successes without arrogance. And he opens a window, just a crack, into the life of a writer without creating a narrative that could only be appreciated by a member of the profession.

I'm not the most skilled of readers (despite loving the process), but I took in this book in just a couple days and have since purchased more of his work. This is highly recommended and was much enjoyed!

I should add the book was very affordable and arrived much faster than I'd expected (actually much faster than any other product I've purchased from the Amazon website), and, though used, was in perfect, brand-new condition. I will certainly use this seller again.
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