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  • Published: 6 April 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285823
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $32.99

Experience



Martin Amis is perhaps the most gifted and innovative novelist of his generation. His prose refashions the English language into a lean and brilliant instrument, dazzling readers with its energy and wit. In this much anticipated memoir, Amis writes with striking candour about his life and looks intimately at the process of writing itself.

As the son of a famous writer, the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis' explores his relationship with his father and writes about the various crises of Kingsley's life, including the final crisis of his death. Amis also examines the case of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who disappeared without trace in 1973 and was exhumed in 1994 from the back garden of Frederick West, Britain's most prolific serial killer. Inevitably, too, the memoir records the changing literary scene in Britain and the United States, with many anecdotes and pen portraits.

  • Published: 6 April 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285823
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of fourteen novels, two collections of stories and eight works of non-fiction. His novel Time’s Arrow was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for which his subsequent novel Yellow Dog was also longlisted, and his memoir Experience won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. He lives in New York.

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Praise for Experience

A scrupulous and candid writer

Guardian, Books of the Decade

His memoir is dazzling, provocative and mordant

Arthur Smith, The Week

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