Jake s Thing

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446419786
Release Date: 2012-03-31
Genre: Fiction

Jake Richardson, an Oxford don nearing sixty with a lifetime's lechery behind him, is in pursuit of his lost libido and heads off to the consulting room of a miniature sex therapist. Not one to disobey a doctor's orders, he runs the full humiliating gamut of sex labs and trendy 'workshops', where more than souls are bared. He decks himself with cunning gadgetry, dreams up a weekly fantasy, pets diligently with his overweight wife and browses listlessly through porn magazines behind locked doors. Is sex really worth it? As liberationists abuse him, a campus hostess bores him into bed - and even his own wife starts acting oddly - Jake seriously begins to wonder.

Everyday Drinking

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608193160
Release Date: 2010-08-09
Genre: Cooking

Here is the beloved, bestselling compendium of Kingsley Amis's wisdom on the cherished subject of drinking. Along with a series of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim) the book includes Amis's musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man's Diet, The Mean Sod's Guide, and (presumably as a matter of speculation) How Not to Get Drunk-all leavened with fun quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world. Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a delightful cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.

Understanding Kingsley Amis

Author: Merritt Moseley
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 0872498611
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Literary Criticism

Surveys the career of a controversial British writer whose concern with class conflict prompted his classification along with John Osborne, John Braine, Alan Sillitoe, & John Wain as one of Britain's 'Angry Young Men'.

Complete Stories

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141961736
Release Date: 2011-06-02
Genre: Fiction

The short stories of Kingsley Amis - the great master of post-war comic prose - are dark, playful, moving, surprising and extremely funny. This definitive collection gathers all Amis's short fiction in a single volume for the first time and encompasses five decades of storytelling. In 'The 2003 Claret', written in 1958, a time machine is invented for the weighty task of sending a man to 2010 to discover what the booze will taste like. In 'Boris and the Colonel' a Cambridge spy is unearthed in the sleepy English countryside with the help of a plucky horse, while In 'Mason's Life' two men meet inside their respective dreams. The collection spans many genres, offering ingenious alternative histories, mystery and horror, satirical reflections and a devilishly funny attacks. Amis's stories reveal the scope of his imagination and the warmth beneath his acerbic humour, and they all share the unmistakable style and wit of one of Britain's best loved writers. With a new foreword by Rachel Cusk.

Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis

Author: Wendy Cope
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571259410
Release Date: 2010-07-15
Genre: Poetry

When Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was first published, it catapulted its author into the bestseller lists and established her as one of our funniest and most eloquent poets. There are so many kinds of awful men - One can't avoid them all. She often said She'd never make the same mistake again: She always made a new mistake instead. (from 'Rondeau Redoublé')

Weihnachtliches gelesen von Harry Rowohlt

Author: David Sedaris
Publisher:
ISBN: 3837136043
Release Date: 2016-10-31
Genre:

Besinnungslose Texte zum Fest Was Sie schon immer zum Thema Weihnachten horen wollten, aber nicht zu horen bekamen - hier kommt es, das ultimative Horbuch zum Fest: bissig, urkomisch und garantiert nicht mehr feierlich! Mit Texten von Kingsley Amis, David Lodge, Dan Kavanagh und David Sedaris. "Als Vorleser war Rowohlt der groSSte, den wir hatten." (zeit-online.De) (2 CDs, Laufzeit: 1h 48)

The Alteration

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590176375
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Genre: Fiction

In Kingsley Amis’s virtuoso foray into virtual history it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century. Stephen the Third, the king of England, has just died, and Mass (Mozart’s second requiem) is about to be sung to lay him to rest. In the choir is our hero, Hubert Anvil, an extremely ordinary ten-year-old boy with a faultless voice. In the audience is a select group of experts whose job is to determine whether that faultless voice should be preserved by performing a certain operation. Art, after all, is worth any sacrifice. How Hubert realizes what lies in store for him and how he deals with the whirlpool of piety, menace, terror, and passion that he soon finds himself in are the subject of a classic piece of counterfactual fiction equal to Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. The Alteration won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel in 1976.

Kingsley Amis

Author: Richard Bradford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9781786946485
Release Date: 2018-08-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

Since the 1950's Amis has been one of the most popular novelists in Britain. From Lucky Jim (1954) to The Biographer's Moustache (1995) his novels have mixed realism, fantasy, black comedy and satire. His public image has been equally varied: angry young man, left wing liberal, club-land Tory, shameless misogynist. This book shows us the real Amis. He offers us versions of ourselves but he does not instruct or explain. His technical craftsmanship rivals that of the modernists but he remains accessible to the ordinary reader. Amis's novels remind us that fiction can be as engaging and immediate as television and film, but also that the medium of language is more effective than either of these in its ability to consume our anxieties, doubts and pleasures.

Lucky Jim

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141958040
Release Date: 2010-04-01
Genre: Fiction

Penguin Decades bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim was published in 1954, and is a hilarious satire of British university life. Jim Dixon is bored by his job as a medieval history lecturer. His days are only improved by pulling faces behind the backs of his superiors as he tries desperately to survive provincial bourgeois society, an unbearable 'girlfriend' and petty humiliation at the hands of Professor Welch. Lucky Jim is one of the most famous and influential of all British post-War novels.

The Green Man

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590176368
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Genre: Fiction

Maurice Allington has reached middle age and is haunted by death. As he says, “I honestly can’t see why everybody who isn’t a child, everybody who’s theoretically old enough to have understood what death means, doesn’t spend all his time thinking about it. It’s a pretty arresting thought.” He also happens to own and run a country inn that is haunted. The Green Man opens as Maurice’s father drops dead (had he seen something in the room?) and continues as friends and family convene for the funeral. Maurice’s problems are many and increasing: How to deal with his own declining health? How to reach out to a teenage daughter who watches TV all the time? How to get his best friend’s wife in the sack? How to find another drink? (And another.) And then there is always death. The Green Man is a ghost story that hits a live nerve, a very black comedy with an uncannily happy ending: in other words, Kingsley Amis at his best.

Girl 20

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141961811
Release Date: 2011-06-02
Genre: Fiction

Douglas Yandell, a young-ish music critic, is enlisted by Kitty Vandervane to keep an eye on her roving husband - the eminent conductor and would-be radical Sir Roy - as he embarks on yet another affair. Roy, meanwhile, wants Douglas as an alibi for his growing involvement with Sylvia, an unsuitably young woman who loves nothing more than to shock and provoke. Life soon becomes extremely complicated as Douglas finds himself caught up in a frantic, farcical tangle of relationships, rivalry and scandal. Girl, 20 is a merciless send-up of 1970s London's permissive society from a master of uproarious comedy. With a new introduction by Howard Jacobson.

New Maps of Hell

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141198637
Release Date: 2012-06-07
Genre: Literary Criticism

In this hilarious, inspiring and provocative series of essays, Kingsley Amis introduces every reader to the wonders and value of science fiction writing. From the extraordinary ideas but sexless science of Jules Verne to the power of H. G. Wells's terrifying storytelling; from the brilliance of bad science fiction writing to the potency of their important ideas; from a portrait of the average SF reader to Amis's sad prediction that this genre will never make it in film or television, New Maps of Hell is a warm and witty exploration of a world many readers may be yet to discover.

The King s English

Author: Kingsley Amis
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141961910
Release Date: 2011-06-02
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The King's English is Kingsley Amis's authoritative and witty guide to the use and abuse of the English language. A scourge of illiteracy and a thorn in the side of pretension, Amis provides indispensable advice about the linguistic blunders and barbarities that lie in wait for us, from danglers, four-letter words to jargon and even Welsh rarebit. If you have ever wondered whether it's acceptable to start a sentence with 'and', to boldly split an infinitive, or to cross your sevens in the French style, Amis has the answer - or a trenchant opinion. By turns reflective, acerbic and provocative, The King's English is for anyone who cares about how the English language is used. With a new introduction by Kingsley Amis's son, the novelist Martin Amis.