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The Life of Kingsley Amis Hardcover – 16 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; 1st edition 2nd impression edition (16 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224062271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224062275
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Few literary biographies can match it for depth and intimacy" -- Sunday Times

"This is the best biography I have read for ages: deeply
researched, crisply written and beautifully judged" -- Daily Telegraph

"Unsurprisingly in a biography of this size, he really has left no
stone unturned" -- Scotsman

"awe-inspiring research" -- Seven, The Sunday Telegraph

"marvellous ... It's a pleasure to read, and the accumulation of
detail gives a real sense of a life being led" -- Independent

"this biography is in its way superb...Well-written [and]
balanced" -- Evening Standard

Books of the Year. Chosen by Andrew Marr -- The Saturday Herald

Diary Story. Julian Barnes on Kingsley Amis -- Independent on Sunday

The book I most look forward to reading is Zachary Leader's The
Life of Kingsley Amis" -- The Irish Times Books of the Year. Rev by Adam Sisman

`A detailed, intimate life of Amis as a friend, father, husband, wit, curmudgeon - and, above all, a writer'
-- Observer


In this authorised biography, Zachary Leader argues that Kingsley Amis was not only the finest comic novelist of his generation, but a dominant figure in post-war British writing, as novelist, poet, critic and polemicist. Drawing not only on interviews with a range of Amis' friends, relatives, fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on hundreds of previously unpublished letters, Leader's biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis' childhood, school days, life as a teacher, critic, political and cultural commentator, professional author, husband, father and lover. He explores Amis' fears and phobias, and the role that drink played in his life. And of course he pays due attention to Amis' work. As the editor of "The Letters of Kingsley Amis", hailed in the "Sunday Telegraph" as 'one of the last major monuments to the epistolary art', Leader is more than qualified to be his authorised biographer. His book will surprise, entertain and illuminate.

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