"Amis has brought off the feat of satirizing his contemporaries while making them both funny and, in a bizarre way, moving" (Peter Ackroyd)
"Scurrilous, shameless and very funny" (Times Literary Supplement
"Amis's arrogantly assured manner is a formidable weapon, spraying the target with disdainful wit, ingenious obscenity, astute literariness, loathing, lust, anxiety and an all-pervading hyper-self-consciousness" (Observer
"Extravagantly sexual...highly enjoyable" (Evening Standard
Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and Martin Amis's celebrated first novel.