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Kingsley Amis


(Kingsley William Amis)
UK (1922 - 1995)
Father of Martin Amis,
husband of Elizabeth Jane Howard

aka Robert Markham, William Tanner

Sir Kingsley Amis, who died in October 1995, was born in London in 1922. In 1954 his first novel, 'Lucky Jim', burst onto the literary scene with extraordinary force, gaining him instant fame and notoriety as one of the most prominent of the so-called 'angry young men'. He went on to write over twenty novels (winning the Booker Prize in 1986 for 'The Old Devils'), and many volumes of poetry and non-fiction. He was knighted in 1991. His last novel, 'The Biographer's Moustache', was published in September 1995.
 
Series contributed to
James Bond
15. Colonel Sun (1968) (as by Robert Markham)
The Book of Bond (1965) (as by William Tanner)
The James Bond Dossier (1965)
 
Anthologies edited


 
Non fiction




 
Anthologies containing stories by Kingsley Amis
 
Short stories
My Enemy's Enemy [short story] (1955)
Court of Inquiry (1956)
The 2003 Claret (1958)
Moral Fibre (1958)
Hemingway in Space (1960)
Something Strange (1960)
All the Blood Within Me (1962)
I Spy Strangers (1962)
The Friends of Plonk (1964)
Dear Illusion [short story] (1972)
Mason's Life (1972)
Too Much Trouble (1972)
Who or What Was It? (1972)
The Darkwater Hall Mystery [short story] (1978)
The House on the Headland (1979)
To See the Sun (1980)


Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1974) : Ending Up
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel winner (1977) : The Alteration
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1978) : Jake's Thing
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1986) : The Old Devils


Books about Kingsley Amis
 
Kingsley Amis recommends
The Bell
The Bell (1958)
Iris Murdoch
"A distinguished novelist of a rare kind."
The Other Side of the Sky
The Other Side of the Sky (1958)
Arthur C Clarke
"Science fiction of the finest quality: original, imaginative, disturbing."
Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (1959)
Brian Aldiss
"...Takes us far from the here-and-now into regions of sharply-flavoured eeriness."
Hothouse
Hothouse (1961)
Brian Aldiss
"Exciting and eerie... That steaming infernal forest and its fantastic denizens are powerfully visualised. This is a work of genuine creative imagination."
The Drowned World
The Drowned World (1962)
J G Ballard
"Ballard is one of the brightest new stars in post-war fiction. This tale of strange and terrible adventure in a world of steaming jungles has an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad."
The Disaster Area
The Disaster Area (1967)
J G Ballard
"One of the brightest stars in post-war fiction."
Day Million
Day Million (1970)
Frederik Pohl
"The most consistently able writer science fiction, in the modern sense, has yet produced."
The Xanadu Talisman
The Xanadu Talisman (1981)
(Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin, book 9)
Peter O'Donnell
"One of the great partnerships in fiction, bearing comparison with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. "
The Alternative Detective
The Alternative Detective (1993)
(Hob Draconian, book 1)
Robert Sheckley
"Always he crackles with ideas."



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