Martin Amis was born in Swansea, Wales, in 1949, the second child of Sir Kingsley Amis and Hilary Bardwell. Growing up the son of a literary celebrity was lively, and Amis and his siblings lived in various parts of the UK, Spain and the US as his father's work and his parents' complicated relationship dictated. His parents divorced when Amis was twelve, after which his father married novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. Amis graduated from Exeter College, Oxford.


Amis worked at The Times Literary Supplement before becoming literary editor of the New Statesman at age 27. Published in 1973, Amis's first novel, The Rachel Papers, made a splash, winning the Somerset Maugham Award. Other early, largely satirical works were 1975's Dead Babies, Success (1977) and Other People (1981)...Show More »


Amis, an influential stylist whose vivid prose has inspired critical admiration and much imitation, is also known for his books' unflinching considerations of postmodernism, feminism, politics and culture. For this reason, Amis's work has inspired much controversy. His books aside, Amis has been exhaustively documented in the London press, both for his political and often controversial opinions as well for his colorful personal life. Amis, who lives in London, has two sons from his first marriage and two daughters from his second, to the writer Isabel Fonseca. Amis has another daughter from an early relationship whom he met for the first time in 1996.

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The Second Plane: September 11, Terror, and Boredom

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
  • By Martin Amis
  • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
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A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers 14 pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.