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Amis agonistes

By Tom Chatfield  

At the risk of turning into Prospect‘s official what’s-Martin-Amis-done-today? correspondent (I already hold this title unofficially), I urge you to check out his missive to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, and the article accompanying it, in today’s Independent. Amis is responding to Alibhai-Brown’s criticisms of his attitude towards Islam, themselves the offshoot of a spat between Professors Eagleton and Amis of Manchester University provoked by Eagleton’s frank criticisms of Amis in the new preface to his book, Ideology.

I would like to think that I, in a minor way, helped shine the media spotlight upon all this via a curio in last month’s…

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