April 16, 2012

Video: Happy Birthday, Kingsley Amis


Many of us have spent more time reading about Kingsely Amis’ reputation as a high-minded philandering boozehound than we have reading his books. Of his estimable output, this reader must confess to only ever reading Lucky Jim.

Consider this year’s birthday an opportunity for rediscovery.

But what shall it be next, maybe Kingsley’s collected short stories, or perhaps The Anti-Death League … 

At any rate, to help celebrate the man and the myth have a look at this BBC interview from 1958. There’s plenty of wit and insight here from Amis, which only serves to compel interested readers into seeking out more from this legend of 20th century comedic fiction.

Kevin Murphy is the digital media marketing manager of Melville House.