Martin Amis is one of the most important and distinctive writers of the last thirty years and his work continues to provoke controversy and debate. From his first novel, The Rachel Papers (1973) to his more recent Lionel Asbo (2012) his fiction has engaged with the major movements in literary and critical theory over the last four decades. His experimental approach to the novel form, his creation of complex and memorable characters, and his acute awareness of the relationship between fiction and reality mark out the distinctive elements of Amis’ work. In addition, his often-controversial representations of class, gender and race make him an important and provocative figure for contemporary literary studies. This book provides a critical survey and evaluation of his major works, identifying his commitment to stylistic expression and experiment alongside the ways in which his novels have engaged with social, cultural and political issues.
Nick Bentley is Senior Lecturer in English literature at Keele University, UK. He is author of Contemporary British Fiction: A Reader’s Guide to the Essential Criticism (Palgrave, 2018); Martin Amis (Liverpool UP, 2015); Contemporary British Fiction (Edinburgh UP, 2008); Radical Fictions: The English Novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007); editor of British Fiction of the 1990s (Routledge, 2005); and co-editor of The 2000s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2015), and Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media (Palgrave, 2018) . He has also published journal articles and book chapters on a range of contemporary writers and topics including Monica Ali, Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, Colin MacInnes, Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Sam Selvon, the city in postmodern fiction, fictional representations of youth subcultures, and working-class writing. He is currently writing a monograph entitled Making a Scene: Youth Subcultures in Postwar and Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave).