Martin Amis

Born Aug 25, 1949
Age 66
Hometown Swansea, Wales
Nationality British
Alma Mater The Rector and Sc...
Other Names Amis, Martin Louis

Martin Louis Amis is a British novelist. His best-known novels are Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for the Booker Prize twice to date (shortlisted in 1991 for Time's Arrow and longlisted in 2003 for Yellow Dog). Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Martin Amis.


1949 Birth Born on August 25, 1949.


1965 15 Years Old In 1965, at age 15, he played John Thornton in the film version of Richard Hughes' A High Wind in Jamaica. … Read More


1989 39 Years Old …  The book was controversially omitted from the Booker Prize shortlist in 1989, because two panel members, Maggie Gee and Helen McNeil, disliked Amis's treatment of his female characters. "It was an incredible row", Martyn Goff, the Booker's director, told The Independent. "Maggie and Helen felt that Amis treated women appallingly in the book. … Read More


1991 41 Years Old Amis's 1991 novel, the short Time's Arrow, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. … Read More
1997 47 Years Old Amis's 1997 offering, the short novel Night Train, is narrated by the mannish American Detective Mike Hoolihan. … Read More


2000 50 Years Old In 2000 Amis published a memoir called Experience. … Read More
2002 52 Years Old In 2002 Amis published Koba the Dread, a devastating history of the crimes of Lenin and Stalin, and their denial by many writers and academics in the West. … Read More
In 2003 Yellow Dog, Amis's first novel in six years, was published. … Read More
2007 57 Years Old 1 More Event
The Catholic-Marxist critic Terry Eagleton, in the 2007 introduction to his work Ideology, singled out and attacked Amis for a particular quote (which Eagleton mistakenly attributed to one of Amis's essays), taken the day after the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot came to light, in an informal interview in The Times Magazine. … Read More
The new novel took some considerable time to write and was not published before the end of the decade. Instead, Amis's last published work of the 2000s was the 2008 journalism collection The Second Plane, a collection which compiled Amis's many writings on the events of 9/11 and the subsequent major events and cultural issues resulting from the War on Terror. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old …  His wife Isabel Fonseca released her debut novel Attachment in 2009 and two of Amis's children, his son Louis and his daughter Fernanda, have also been published in their own right in Standpoint magazine and The Guardian, respectively.


In 2010, after a long period of writing, rewriting, editing and revision, Amis published his long-awaited new long novel, The Pregnant Widow, which is concerned with the sexual revolution. … Read More
…  Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. … Read More
In 2012 Amis published Lionel Asbo: State of England. … Read More
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