This, the first novel by Martin Amis, was described as 'formidably assured', and tells of the late adolescent Charles Highway's efforts to achieve sex with an older woman (Rachel) before his 20th birthday. It presents a perfect portrait of the arrogant, lecherous, parent-hating male adolescent - prone to boils and moody introspection, and passionate in both his desire for, and fear of, the female sex.
Martin Louis Amis (b. 1949) is an English novelist whose best-known novels are 'Money' (1984) and 'London Fields' (1989). He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir 'Experience' and been listed for the Booker Prize twice to date (for 'Time's Arrow' in 1991 and 'Yellow Dog' in 2003. He was Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester University until 2011. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Amis's work centres on the excesses of late-capitalist Western society, whose perceived absurdity he often satirises through grotesque caricature; he has been portrayed as a master of what the New York Times called "the new unpleasantness". Inspired by Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Joyce, as well as by his father Kingsley Amis, he has influenced many successful British novelists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Will Self and Zadie Smith.
Our copy of the novel is in good general condition, bound in black cloth with gilt title etc on the spine. The unclipped dust jacket is somewhat worn, with tears around the top & bottom of the spine, general scuffing of the exposed edges, and an area of frank loss at the bottom of the spine, but has protected the book effectively. The text block has the pink publisher's topstain, and is a little grubby. Inside, the binding is firm and all pages clean and bright. There is light browning of the endpapers, but otherwise this is a good, clean copy.