Join us as Amis reflects on his life and work and explore the hardest questions we all face: how to live, how to grieve, and how to die.

Martin Amis has often been called the Mick Jagger of the British book world. As famous for his love affairs, his friendships and his complicated family history as for his dazzling prose, he has dominated the literary scene for decades. In this exclusive Intelligence Squared event he will talk about his much anticipated new autobiographical novel Inside Story. It is perhaps Amis’s most intimate book to date, a meditation on love, loss, ageing and death. We encounter the vivid characters who have helped define Amis – his father Kingsley, his literary hero Saul Bellow, the poet Philip Larkin and his novelist stepmother Elizabeth Jane Howard. And of course there is his lifelong friend and conversation partner, Christopher Hitchens, whose death from cancer he chronicles in some of the tenderest prose he has ever written.

Join us on September 30 when in conversation with novelist Alex Preston Amis will reflect on his life and work and explore the hardest questions we all face: how to live, how to grieve, and how to die.

This event is presented by Intelligence Squared and Penguin Live.

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  • Inside Story

  • 'Up there with Money and London Fields as the finest work he's produced.' Observer

    This remarkable novel gives the reader the intimate testimony of one of our finest writers.


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

    'The Mick Jagger of literature ... Amis is the most dazzling prose stylist in post-war British fiction.' Daily Telegraph

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    If you liked Experience, then you'll love Inside Story.' Spectator

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