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This extraordinary novel gives the listener the heart-to-heart testimony of one of our finest writers - a wonder of literary invention and a boisterous modern classic.

His most intimate and epic work to date, Inside Story is the portrait of Martin Amis' extraordinary life, as a man and a writer. This novel had its birth in a death - that of the author's closest friend, Christopher Hitchens. We also encounter the vibrant characters who have helped define Martin Amis, from his father Kingsley, to his hero Saul Bellow, from Philip Larkin to Iris Murdoch and Elizabeth Jane Howard, and to the person who captivated his 20s, the alluringly amoral Phoebe Phelps. 

What begins as a thrilling tale of romantic entanglements, family and friendship evolves into a tender, witty exploration of the hardest questions: how to live, how to grieve and how to die? In his search for answers, Amis surveys the great horrors of the 20th century and the still-unfolding impact of the 9/11 attacks on the 21st - and shares all he has learned on how to write. 

The result is one of Amis' greatest achievements: a love letter to life that is at once exuberant, meditative, heartbreaking and ebullient, to be savoured and cherished for many years to come.

©2020 Martin Amis (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Nathan Thomas
  • 26-10-2020

suburbly faithful narration

About as Amis as it is possible to be, as "big fan" I found it delightful, inside story indeed which takes you to the bar (and later, the hospital bed) with Christopher Hitches, into the sitting room with Phillip Larkin, and to Israel with Saul Bellow. If you enjoyed Amis's "Experience" or Hitchen's "Hitch 22" then this is a solid next installment. the narrator pulled it off with style.

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  • Sententiae
  • 31-10-2020

A Tour de Force.

May even be a new, original genre. He maintains impressive control over his medium, shifting back and forth at will from fiction - comic and tragic - to autobiography, to essay, and also, in homage to his several father and brother surrogates, to obituary. He is unexpectedly, coolly open about his vulnerabilities, sometimes moving, often droll. Surprising and interesting is the barely acknowledged emotional pain especially of his early life. And then the inadvertent evidence of his possession in adulthood of a steel backbone. Not fiction, no. But an important literary work.

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