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Kingsley Amis

(Kingsley William Amis)
UK flag (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.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Thriller
Series contributed to
James Bond (as by Robert Markham)
   15. Colonel Sun (1968)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by Kingsley Amis
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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)

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

Books about Kingsley Amis
The Anti-Egotist (1996) by Paul Fussell
Lucky Him (2001) by Richard Bradford
Kingsley Amis recommends
The Bell (1958)
Iris Murdoch
"A distinguished novelist of a rare kind."
The Other Side of the Sky (1958)
Arthur C Clarke
"Science fiction of the finest quality: original, imaginative, disturbing."
Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (1959)
Brian Aldiss
"...Takes us far from the here-and-now into regions of sharply-flavoured eeriness."
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."
Day Million (1970)
Frederik Pohl
"The most consistently able writer science fiction, in the modern sense, has yet produced."
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 (1993)
(Hob Draconian, book 1)
Robert Sheckley
"Always he crackles with ideas."

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