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1986 Booker Prize Winner

The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis


Publisher: Hutchinson

Length: 384 pages

About: 1960's Welsh drinking spree

Style: 3rd person

Where: Wales

When: 1960s



Publisher’s synopsis:

Do people ever really grow up? These old devils are just as they have always been, but trapped in a slowly aging body. It’s like living in a house that needs repair, but the repairman never comes. When Alun Weaver and his wife, Rhiannon, a famous beauty in her day, move into a quiet retirement community, they find it peopled by friends from former days. Suddenly all the ambitions and energies, overgrown like weeds with years, burst out afresh.



She reached ut and took and squeezed his hand as they walked down to the churchyard gate and took it again on the far side, in comfort apology or what she hoped would pass as understanding, or perhaps like one person letting another know that whatever it was they were facing they would face it together.





…manages at best to be untrue and not unkind, and not unattracted to the emblem of a man and woman facing uncertaintity together hand in hand - all of which helps make this the most affecting of Amis's novels for some time.'

Blake Morrison, Times Literary Supplement 12th September 1986



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About the author

Sir Kingsley Amis, was born in London in 1922. In 1954 his first novel, Lucky Jim, burst onto the literary scene with extraordinary force, gaining him instant fame and notoriety as one of the most prominent of the so-called ‘angry young men’. He went on to write over twenty novels and many volumes of poetry and non-fiction. He was knighted in 1991 and died in 1995 at the age of 73. His last novel, The Biographer’s Moustache, was published in September 1995.
































































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Adapted for television by Abdrew Davies for the BBC in 1992, starring John Stride, Bernard Hepton, James Grout and Ray Smith.




2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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