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Publication: Dr Nick Bentley's "Martin Amis"
Senior Lecturer in English, Dr Nick Bentley, has published a book on Martin Amis for the "Writers and Their Work Series" (published by Northcote House). This book provides a critical survey and evaluation of Amis's major works, identifying his commitment to stylistic expression and experiment alongside the ways in which his novels have engaged with social, cultural, and political issues.
Martin Amis is one of the most important and distinctive writers of the last forty years and his work continues to provoke controversy and debate. From his first novel, The Rachel Papers (1973), to his most recent his fiction has engaged with the major movements in literary and critical theory over the last four decades. His experimental approach to the novel form, his creation of complex and memorable characters, and his acute awareness of the relationship between fiction and reality mark out the distinctive elements of Amis's work. In addition, his often-controversial representations of class, gender and race make him an important and provocative figure for contemporary literary studies.