, Amis was "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." He was the father of English novelist Martin Amis
In 2008, The Times
ranked Kingsley Amis ninth on their list of the 50 greatest British writers
Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham
, south London, the son of William Robert Amis, a mustard manufacturer's clerk.
Your attitude measures up to the two requirements of love. You want to go to bed with her and can't, and you don't know her very well. Ignorance of the other person topped up with deprivation, Jim. You fit the formula all right, and what's more you want to go on fitting it.
There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.
More will mean worse.
It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.
If there's one word that sums up everything that's gone wrong since the war, it's Workshop. After Youth, that is.
There isn't another other sex.
Should you revisit usStay a little longerAnd get to know the place...On local life we trustThe resident witnessNot the royal tourist.
Be glad you're fifty — andThat you got there while things were nice,In a world worth looking at twice.So here's wishing you many more years,But not all that many. Cheers!