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Martin Amis on his new novel, The Pregnant Widow


Martin Amis on his latest novel 'The Pregnant Widow'

He is the undisputed master of unpleasantness. And, arguably, the finest fiction writer of his generation.

Renowned novelist Martin Amis is a man who, whether inadvertently or not, has a habit of upsetting groups whether women, the elderly or more recently Muslims.

He spent his early career in the shadow of his father, Kingsley Amis. Now he has an international reputation in his own right.

The Rachel Papers (1973)
Dead Babies (1975)
Success (1978)
Other People (1981)
Money (1984)
London Fields (1989)
Time's Arrow (1991)
The Information (1995)
Night Train (1997)
Yellow Dog (2003)
House of Meetings (2006)
The Pregnant Widow (2010)

Born in 1949, his first novel 'The Rachel Papers' was a story of a young student's attempt to bed women and took the literature world by storm.

Since then, every new publication, whether fiction or non-fiction, has generated huge expectation.

Understandably then, his arrival in 2007 as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester was seen as a major coup for the city.

His latest novel, The Pregnant Widow, is set in 1970 and takes its title from Alexander Herzen's idea that, as one social order collapses, it leaves behind not an heir but fraught expectation: in Amis' book, it is the sexual revolution.

Speaking to BBC reporter Stuart Flinders, the novelist defended his recent comments comparing an ageing population to "an invasion of terrible immigrants" and calling for a euthanasia booth on every street corner.

Amis also voiced his own hopes that the BBC's move of entire departments to Salford Quays would help to correct an 'unhealthy' London bias in the country.

The Pregnant Widow' was published on 4th February 2010 by Jonathan Cape (Random House).



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