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The world turns on Martin Amis

By Tom Chatfield  

I’ve been writing about Martin Amis (again) for the current issue of Prospect—a review only available online to subscribers, I’m afraid—and have once again started to feel faintly sullied and bemused by the circus of activities that surrounds his every move. What he must feel about it all I can only imagine.

He is, of course, both a brilliant talent and a big fish in the little pond of “public” British authors. For many people—myself included—writing about Amis has for around two decades been a useful way of writing about what it might mean to describe the modern world through…

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