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Martin Amis

Martin Amis (born August 25, 1949) is an English novelist and son of Kingsley Amis.

His first novel The Rachel Papers, is about the adventures of a bright, egotistical teenager (presumably not unlike Amis himself) and his relationship with the eponymous girlfriend in the year before going to University. It is the most traditional of his novels, and still the favourite of some, though it has since been made into a rather unsuccessful film.

Dead Babies, more flippant in tone, has a typically Sixties plot, with a house full of characters who abuse various substances and are eventually massacred by a psychopath. A number of Amis characteristics show up here for the first time: mordant black humour, obsession with the zeitgeist, authorial intervention, a character subjected to sadistically humorous misfortunes and humiliations, and a defiant casualness ("my attitude has been, I don't know much about science, but I know what I like")

His most famous novels are Money , Time's Arrow and London Fields. The unparalleled size of the advance demanded and obtained by Amis for The Information attracted disapproval (and possibly jealousy). He has written a biography and memoir on his father called Experience. In 2002, to much literary controversy he published Koba the Dread, a book about Stalinism and the intellectual left.

In 2003, Yellow Dog was denounced in intemperate terms as worthless by a fellow novelist, generating a further hubbub in the media.

He continues to live and write in London, England.