Books by Martin Amis

Spanning three decades, ten novels, six works of nonfiction, two short story collections, and nearly four hundred reviews and essays, Martin Amis’s career already testifies to a lifetime devoted to literature. From the appearance of his first novel, The R


LIONEL ASBO by Martin Amis
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"An initially sharp satire turns tedious by midpoint."
A social satire with a wickedly funny setup fails to sustain momentum and provide much of a payoff. Read full book review >
THE PREGNANT WIDOW by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2010

""You can't write about sex," maintains the narrative, an assertion the novel corroborates."
This novel about the sexual revolution is ultimately something of a tease, with far more talking and reading, and talking about reading, than consummation. Read full book review >
THE SECOND PLANE by Martin Amis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 4, 2008

""The only thing Islamism can dominate, for now, is the evening news," Amis concludes in good fighting spirit. His book fires a welcome, left-tending salvo."
Fourteen essays on the theme that "our understanding of September 11 is incremental and can never hope to be intact and entire." Read full book review >
HOUSE OF MEETINGS by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2007

"The most compelling fiction from Amis in more than a decade."
A novel that doesn't read like any other, ranking as this renowned British author's best. Read full book review >
YELLOW DOG by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Raucous, confusing, hilarious, and, when least expected, furiously intelligent and touching."
London crooks nurse old grievances and settle older scores as Amis has his witty way with porno, Hollywood, modern marriage, airline terror, incest, chatrooms, the Royals, and the gutter press. Read full book review >
KOBA THE DREAD by Martin Amis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2002

"Meritorious addition to the bulging shelf of apologia by writers on the noncommunist English left, worth reading by anyone interested in exploring the dark recesses of the recent past."
The accomplished English novelist follows his first memoir (Experience, 2000) with a post-millennial backward glance at the evil 20th century and its "chief lacuna." Read full book review >
NIGHT TRAIN by Martin Amis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"Quite an accomplishment. (Author tour)"
 Amis, who seems to be turning himself into a British Thomas Berger, continues his twisty tour of formulaic genres (The Information, 1995, etc.) with his most deadpan pastiche yet: the police investigation of an impossible suicide. Read full book review >
THE INFORMATION by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1995

"A palate-pleasing feast of foie gras and petits fours—not quite the sustained, sustaining fare through which both body and mind can expand in appreciation. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
 Shifting his notoriously keen eye and exquisite wit from the Holocaust echoes of Time's Arrow (1991) to the dismal inanity of a failed writer's life, Amis comes up short of unqualified success- -this time, though, in a novel that's drawn a lot of attention, thanks to the gargantuan (by British standards) advance paid for it, and that's already been written up and talked over in a recent New Yorker profile. ``He was forty tomorrow, and reviewed books.'' With this, the miserable lot of Richard Tull—once-published novelist, ever-lesser critic, and lash-tongued lush—begins to take its sorry shape. Read full book review >
VISITING MRS. NABOKOV by Martin Amis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Formulaic at times, and not always geared to an American reader, but still of much interest: excursions that will enhance Amis's reputation as a polished, peripatetic critic—a highly literate observer of the monuments and foibles of our age."
 Thirty-odd essays—culled from a dozen years of published encounters between master stylist Amis (Time's Arrow, 1991, etc.) and English-speaking literati and other contemporary phenomena—in a collection as well-honed and readable as it is wide-ranging. Read full book review >
TIME'S ARROW by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

 Amis this time writes about Tod Friendly, a.k.a John Young, a.k.a Odilo Unverdorben—a doctor with a chilling past no one knows about: he was a medical experimenter under Mengele at Auschwitz. Read full book review >