NHL Book Club – September: Author Kingsley Amis
September 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.
– Sir Kingsley Amis
This month’s book club features a discussion about British author, Sir Kingsley Amis. Speak with the NHL librarians to find our vast selection of his books, and join the book club discussion at the library on Thursday, September 27th at 10AM.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in London, England in 1922, Kingsley Amis is often noted as one of the great British writers of the 20th century. In 1954, his first novel, Lucky Jim, was an immediate success and established his reputation for satirical, often critical, commentary on post-World War II British society. He went on to write over 20 novels and numerous collections of poetry, essays, and literary criticism.
In his personal life Amis was known for his blunt, often surly personality, evidenced in this response to a fan letter in 1975. His close friend, fellow writer Philip Larkin, noted his “desire to tell the truth (as he saw it) at all costs.”
In the 1960s, Amis expanded his work into genre fiction. He found interest in science fiction, writing critical commentaries of the genre and even co-editing a five volume series, Spectrum. Additionally, following the death of James Bond series author Ian Fleming in 1964, he completed a Bond novel, Colonel Sun, under the pseudonym Robert Markham. In 1965 he authored two Bond works under his own name, to great success: The James Bond Dossier, a literary analysis of the series, followed by The Book of Bond, or Every Man His Own 007, a tongue-in-cheek guide to being a spy.
In 1986 Amis received a CBE and knighthood for services to literature.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
Ending Up – shortlisted, Booker Prize (1974)
Jake’s Thing – shortlisted, Booker Prize (1978)
The Old Devils – winner, Booker Prize (1986)
#13 of the ’50 greatest British writers since 1945′, The Times (2008)